Getting back in the winner’s circle is the sole focus for Chester FC manager Steve Burr ahead of this weekend’s FA Trophy meeting with AFC Telford United.
Back-to-back defeats on the road mean it is now five without a win for the Blues and with a run of fixtures coming up that have been identified as a real chance to collect points, the trip to New Bucks Head on Saturday (3pm) gives them a shot at regaining confidence and rediscovering the winning habit.
Defeat would be a painful blow, particularly with games against Torquay United, Altrincham, twice, Aldershot Town and Southport, all of whom are below the Blues in the National League, looming.
Burr is well aware of the need for his side to snap out of the current slump and put some breathing space back between themselves and bottom four, and there’s the added incentive of £5,000 prize money at stake along with a place in the second round.
Burr said: "It’s a game of football that we want to win whether it’s the FA Trophy or a league game. We want to win games and it’s the next one so we want to win it.
"Telford haven’t been having the best of times this season but it’s a cup tie and you’ve seen that teams can cause upsets but we’ll go there and try to win the game."
Chester will be out for revenge too having lost to Telford at this stage of the competition last season . Both the initial tie and replay finished 1-1 and the Bucks progressed on penalties with Tom Peers missing the crucial spot kick.
Burr, who has not had a home draw in either the FA Cup or FA Trophy since arriving at Chester almost two years ago, also has a score to settle as he was part of the Macclesfield Town team who lost to Telford United in the 1989 final at Wembley. He has reached the semi-finals as a manger with both Northwich Victoria and Kidderminster Harriers.
Burr said: "It’s no surprise to me really that we got an away draw. We went to Telford last year didn’t we and I thought we should have won the game at their place and then we got knocked out on penalties in the replay. It’s a competition I want to do really well in and hopefully we can do that this year."