CALUM MCINTYRE is aiming for an average of a point-and-a-half each game for the rest of the season to make sure Chester once again qualify for the end-of-season National League North play-offs.

The Blues, who host Gloucester City tomorrow, finished third last time out on the back of an amazing away record, while they currently find themselves in 10th spot, three points adrift of the play-offs.

McIntyre told Chester FC TV: “We need to finish in seventh place.

“We need to finish seventh, if it’s sixth, if it’s fifth, if it’s fourth, whatever.

“We’ve got to finish in seventh place and we’ve got 21 games that I think we’re going to need 31 points.

“We lose a top goalscorer (Kurt Willoughby), one of the highest goalscorers in the division in the summer.

“They don’t grow on trees. It’s been really difficult.

“I think we’ve replaced them and we lose them for that period of time.”

Tom Peers, Charlie Caton and Adam Thomas are all out through injury, with two of them suffering broken bones.

“Now, that will frustrate people,” added McIntyre after last week’s 1-0 loss to Rushall Olympic.

“The performance will frustrate people; the result will frustrate people.

“Please, be really clear, put that on me. Don’t put that on players when they’re out there on the pitch and they’re giving everything and coming up short.

“Direct that at the manager. Direct that at me, that picks the team, but we’ve got what we’ve got and we are doing everything to get the results.

“So, I can’t question effort. Yeah, I can question quality, but let that come at my door.”

Leaders Tamworth face a trip to Darlington tomorrow, while second-placed Scunthorpe United pay a visit to Brackley Town.

Other fixtures: Blyth v Banbury; Boston v Curzon Ashton; Buxton v King’s Lynn; Farsley Celtic v Scarborough; Rushall Olympic v Spennymoor; Warrington v Alfreton.