Neil Aspin said his FC Halifax Town side are taking the FA Trophy seriously despite a build up of league fixtures.
The Shaymen take on lower league opposition at the Shay tomorrow in the form of Maidstone United.
The Kent outfit are currently top of the Ryman South Division and already have one Trophy scalp to their name this season, having beaten Sailsbury City - top of the the Blue Square South - in the previous round.
A full Conference North fixture list is scheduled for tomorrow, meaning Town, who were due to be playing Bishop’s Stortford, could fall 23 points off the top and five game behind most teams around them.
But despite a busy festive period and a tricky game at Altrincham to come on Tuesday night, Aspin says the Trophy is a competition the club take seriously.
“The FA Trophy is important. I’m thinking about what team I can put out because we’ve got a couple more injuries, but we’ll be taking it seriously and we want to do well in that.
Aspin added that he spent this week looking as much at the weather forecast as fixture lists, with Town having had four home games postponed already this campaign.
“Once a game is called off you’ve got find a place to train and that’s not easy, so having postponements really hinders preparation.
“We would have to say now - we will have more games called off. We’ve not hit winter yet and the weather could get worse. We’ve just to play the games when they come - and they’re going to come thick and fast.”
On the gap to Chester, who have won 16 of their 18 league games, Aspin said: “Chester have done fantastically well. For a team to win as many games as they have you have to give them credit and respect what they’re doing.
“If they keep winning every game then they’ll win the league and you would have to say fair play to them.
“All we can do is try to win our games,” he added.