Witton Albion boss Carl Macauley says his side have given Chester FC plenty of food for thought ahead of tonight's FA Trophy first round replay at the Lookers Vauxhall Stadium.
The two sides drew 1-1 at Wincham Park on Saturday but the Evo-Stik First Division North side were unlucky not to have won the tie at the first attempt after dominating a below-par Blues side for long periods.
Chester keeper Alex Lynch had to make a number of smart saves late on as Witton poured forward in search of what would have been, in truth, a deserved winner.
But, thankfully for the Blues, it was not to be and the two sides, three leagues apart, will do battle once more this evening (7.45pm) for the right to host either Forest Green Rovers or Truro City in round two on Saturday, January 14.
“We’ve given Chester something to think about," said Macauley, speaking to the Northwich Guardian .
"“I felt we could match them at Wincham Park, and we proved that.
“Now let’s see what happens; I expect it to be open, and we’ll do everything we can to get through."
Jordan Chapell had given Chester a 1-0 lead at the break on Saturday but the impressive Bradley Bauress levelled matters just after the hour mark.
Chester were down to 10 men for the dying embers of the game after striker Kane Richards was shown a second yellow card for a poor challenge on Thomas Owens, and he will miss tonight's clash through suspension, adding to the selection headaches for Blues boss Jon McCarthy's already threadbare squad.
But the Chester boss remained upbeat and welcomed the chance of another game quickly to try and right the wrongs of Saturday, with the Christmas period not as hectic as has been the case in previous years.
"We didn't have a massive cup run so we have saved ourselves a few fixtures there, and with the squad size we are always going to have problems," he said.
"There is a lot of games in our league. It probably does me a favour to get me another game at the moment so we can try and get that performance (at Witton) out of our system.
"We don't presume we will get the right result but it allows us to get back out on the pitch quite early and go and play against them again."