FC Halifax Town face champions Chester at the Shay on Thursday (April 25, 7.45pm kick-off) knowing they’ll probably have to win to maintain their hopes of finishing fourth.
Town lost 2-0 at play-off rivals Altrincham on Tuesday as Neil Aspin made eight changes to his team.
With Altrincham facing already-relegated Droylsden in their final game of the season on Saturday, The Shaymen look likely to need six points from their last two games to finish above them, which they will with a win.
But Town boss Neil Aspin knows it won’t be an easy task against Chester, who he says are worthy champions.
He said: “You have to give the utmost credit to any team that gets to over 100 points, it’s a hell of an achievement.
“They had such a great run where they were winning every week and that takes some doing. They’re worthy champions and obviously we’ll give them respect on Thursday because they’ve earned that respect.
“Again, I have to look at what balance of team to play. We’ll make a few changes but some of the lads who played tonight will play, we’ll probably mix it up, and then we can look at Saturday’s game.”
Chester are limping towards the end of the season with two straight defeats after they had won eight games on the bounce.
Town’s defeat at Altrincham was their first defeat in seven games, and the game is their final home fixture before the play-offs start next week.