Manager Steve Burr says his in-form and ultra-confident Blues have no need to be scared of any side in the Vanarama Conference.

There have been encouraging flashes through the season but in the past couple of weeks the Blues have provided real cause for optimism.

A more ruthless edge has been added to the slick, attractive passing game and an unflappable resolve means opponents can never relax.

Burr said: “Some of our football in the last couple of games has been excellent and the way we are playing now we have nothing to fear from anyone.”

Four points from home games with Gateshead and Bristol Rovers, and another three midweek at Dartford mean the Blues are closer to top than bottom for the first time in a long time.

This week will be an acid test, if Chester want to push themselves into the pack of teams chasing a top five spot then four points is the minimum return from games with Nuneaton Town and AFC Telford United.

Nuneaton have not won in six and were hammered 5-0 midweek so the Blues head there on Saturday (3pm) as favourites before hosting bottom club Telford on Tuesday (7.45pm).

Burr said: “Our message to the lads before the Dartford game was that we have shown we can compete with the Gatesheads, the Bristol Rovers and the Macclesfields.

“We told them that now we have to show we can beat the teams below us and that’s why going to Dartford and getting a win is so pleasing.

“We have got to go and do it again now in the game with Nuneaton. I know how football works and what players are like, confidence will be low but sometimes when you are on the end of a 5-0 kicking there can be a backlash.

“When you have had a beating like that, you want to prove people wrong and make up for it so we have to be on our guard.”

Star midfielder Kingsley James will not feature at Nuneaton after a fifth caution of the season and his obvious replacement Josh O’Keefe remains sidelined, as do Peter Winn and Ben Heneghan.

Craig Hobson, Kieran Charnock, Matty Brown and Michael Kay are walking a tightrope on four cautions, although the suspension risk subsides after the cut-off date on November 30.

Despite those concerns, Burr does not envisage strengthening his squad before the emergency loan window closes on Thursday evening.

“I don’t think there will be anything happening because we have already got three lads in so I will think we will keep going with the squad that we have because we are doing well at the moment,” said Burr.