Mark Wright has two games to save City from a return to the Conference
Chester manager Mark Wright insists that his side can still stay in the Football League despite Saturday's 2-0 home defeat by rivals Bournemouth.
"We're still in it," Wright told BBC Radio Merseyside.
"We know what we have to do. We've got to go to Aldershot next week and win. Grimsby and Bournemouth play each other and both can't win.
"So it will leave it open and, if we can win, and we have to win it, that leaves it open to the last game."
City are only four points adrift of safety of Bournemouth and Grimsby, the only two sides they can catch.
But, with a vastly inferior goal difference, they must win both their last two matches to stand even a chance of survival.
A win at Aldershot on Saturday (25 April, 1500 BST) would at least keep them alive for another week, while Bournemouth and Grimsby slug it out at Dean Court.
A Chester win, and a draw at Dean Court would leave both the other two clubs still vulnerable if City then went on to win their final game at home to Darlington (2 May, 1500 BST).
Grimsby are at home to Macclesfield on the final day and Bournemouth face a trip to play-off hopefuls Morecambe.
But if there are winners at Dean Court this weekend, then either Bournemouth or Grimsby would be out of it.
Whatever happens elsewhere, for Chester even to survive another week they simply have to claim three points at the Recreation Ground, where they last won 25 years ago.
And Wright has the task of lifting a young, badly depleted team who have picked up just 13 points out of a possible 66 since Boxing Day.
But the two wins City have enjoyed in that nightmare 22-match streak have come on their last two away outings, at Notts County and Accrington. And where there is life, there is still hope for Wright, who led Chester back into the League in 2004 - four years after the club were first relegated to Conference football.
"They're down, very down and feel sorry for themselves," said the City boss. "But they've got to forget about that because they're still in it if we can get a win at Aldershot."
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