CALUM MCINTYRE has given his full focus to the FA Cup this week.

He allowed himself an hour to enjoy Chester’s 1-0 National League North triumph at Curzon Ashton last weekend, but the focus quickly switched to tomorrow’s first round tie at home to National League outfit York City.

The Blues have already defeated National League opponents in the competition this season, courtesy of a 2-0 triumph at Hartlepool United in the fourth qualifying round and McIntyre told Chester FC TV: “My mentality is we can’t have that bit where we enjoy it for too long, because the FA Cup.

“It’s important to the football club. It’s important for everyone.

“So, might enjoy it for an hour but, like I say, it’s the FA Cup.

“There’s prize money. There’s prestige. It matters to the fans.

“Let’s see if we can get them in the second round of the FA Cup.”

Paddy McLaughlin, who grabbed the equaliser in York’s 1-1 draw against FC Halifax Town last weekend, is anticipating a tough challenge tomorrow.

He told the club’s YouTube channel: “It’s always a very special competition and Chester are doing very well at the minute.

“So, we’ll not be taking that one lightly at all and it’s nice to have a full week to be able to prepare on the training ground and hopefully we can get a few more bodies back.

“Patch up a few tired bodies that we have and go into that full throttle.”

Meanwhile, City boss Neal Ardley is looking for improvement from his players.

“I think first and foremost, we need to improve,” he said. “There’s no denying that. At the moment, the team playing the way the team’s playing, with the quality that it’s playing with, the goals it’s conceding, isn’t going to start building momentum and until we start regularly getting really good habits into us, we’re not going to do it.”

Curzon Ashton are one of four National League North sides still left in the competition.

Managed by ex-Chester winger Craig Mahon, they welcome National League promotion-chasers Barnet.

Scarborough Athletic will fancy their chances against League Two strugglers, Forest Green Rovers, while Hereford are at home to Gillingham.

Former Chester boss Neil Young and his Marine side are on another FA Cup adventure.

Marine, who play host to League Two Harrogate, went all the way through to the third round and a home tie against Tottenham two years ago, when Jose Mourinho was in charge.

Young (pictured right) is calling on the Marine fans to play a massive part and told the club website: “The fanbase has been incredible over these last few years in particular.

“The fans have got a massive part to play here on Saturday, and we’re going to need their voices.

“We’re going to suffer in the game for large parts I would expect, who we’re playing, and that’s when we’re going to need the fans so I’m hoping they’re going to make this place as loud as they possibly can.”

There’s a cracking clash on Sunday when National League leaders Chesterfield host League One front-runners Portsmouth.

Former Wrexham midfielder Russ Penn is in charge and ex-Reds keeper Christian Dibble in goal at Kidderminster, who host Fleetwood Town on Sunday while managerless Grimsby, where Wrexham legend Shaun Pearson and former Chester City midfielder Ben Davies are now in temporary charge, go to Slough Town.

Sunday’s other ties: Crewe v Derby; Charlton v Cray Valley Paper Mills.