Wrexham manager Dean Keates remains focused on the big prize in Vanamara National League.
The Reds have slipped from top spot to seventh in the table, have 10 fixtures left and take on Chester City in a cross-border derby at the Racecourse on Sunday (Noon).
Keates insists: “We are still aiming for the title.
“There are 10 games left, none bigger than this weekend, but ultimately we want to win 10 football matches.”
Wrexham are unbeaten in their last 12 fixtures, although nine of those have been drawn, and haven’t lost at the Racecourse since the opening day of the season, a 17-match run.
Chester have lost five of their last six National League games and are facing a difficult battle against relegation.
“It is massive this weekend, massive,” says Keates. “We are literally on the home straight now.
“It is still tight and it is all there to be played for and this weekend is all about getting a result.”
Leaders Macclesfield are eight points ahead of Wrexham and could extend that with a home win against Barrow on Saturday afternoon.
“You look at the gap and obviously it could be 11 points to Macc by the time we kick off on Sunday,’ says Keates. “As it stands they are in the driving seat and it is in their hands.
“We have to maintain a consistent level of performance, pick up points. We need a win on Sunday to cement a place in the play-offs.
“There will be points dropped here there and everywhere by everybody.”
Keates has described Sunday’s derby as ‘massive’ and ‘mouth-watering’.
Both teams are desperate for the points – Wrexham to strengthen their promotion hopes and Chester to give themselves hope of avoiding relegation.
Manager Marcus Bignot’s team are 22nd, six points adrift of the final safety spot with 10 fixtures left.
“The derby is always something to look forward to and all being well we can earn three points,” says Keates. “It is a derby and the form book goes straight out the window.
“We are fighting for the points at the top and they are fighting for points for survival at the bottom. These three points are massive to my squad of players.”
Keates will be without suspended James Jennings and the manager says: “Dave Raven can go straight in. Dave did really well against Tranmere when he came in and filled in for his debut.
“He had only been at the club for a few days.
“Carra (Mark Carrington) is back and I have options. Carra has filled in there before and done really well.”
The high noon shootout at Wrexham’s Racecourse is crucial to both teams. Neither can afford to lose this one.
Wrexham FC’s remaining Vanarama National League fixtures
Sunday 11 Wrexham v Chester City (Racecourse, noon)
Saturday 17 Woking v Wrexham (3pm)
Saturday 24 Wrexham v Maidstone United (Wrexham, 3pm)
Friday 30 Bromley v Wrexham (3pm)
Monday 2 Wrexham v Boredom Wood (3pm)
Saturday 7 Eastleigh v Wrexham (3pm)
Tuesday 10 Ebbsfleet v Wrexham (7.45pm)
Saturday 14 Wrexham v Dagenham and Redbridge (3pm)
Saturday 21 Leyton Orient v Wrexham (3pm)
Saturday 28 Wrexham v AFC Fylde (12.30pm)
National League Table
|11.||Dagenham and Redbridge||35||10||2||6||4||7||6||14||9||12||54||45||9||51||0|
|17.||FC Halifax Town||35||6||4||7||3||8||7||9||12||14||36||46||-10||39||0|