IT’S a straight-forward equation at this stage of the National League North season.

Chester need to win at Brackley Town tomorrow to make sure they’re still in with a chance of qualifying for the play-offs during what is sure to be a dramatic final game of the season.

Prior to last weekend’s 6-1 thrashing of hosts Gloucester City, team boss Calum McIntyre said only maximum points up until the end of the season would keep the Blues in the mix for a top-seven spot to extend their campaign.

McIntyre told Chester FC TV: “If we have three points against Brackley, on the last day of the season against Darlington, whether it’s in our hands or not, we’ll be playing to get in the play-offs. Bring it on!

“We go to Brackley now with the chance to set-up being in the conversation on the last day. Why not?

“Why not throw everything at it? That’s always been my mentality and anyone that knows me - and I mean actually knows me - understands that’s how I feel, that’s how I think and I can certainly see from today’s performance and the result that it generates, you can see the players certainly feel the same.

“There are teams that we might not catch. There are teams that might not catch us.”

It won’t be an easy task against high-flying Brackley, but it is a challenge McIntyre is relishing.

“Going away to a side that will be in that top-three, where we’ll be written off, love it!” he added.

Other fixtures: Alfreton v Spennymoor; Boston v Scarborough; Buxton v Bishop’s Stortford; Chorley v Banbury; Curzon Ashton v Gloucester; Darlington v Farsley; King’s Lynn v Peterborough Sports; Scunthorpe v Blyth; Southport v Rushall; Tamworth v South Shields; Warrington v Hereford.