Marcus Bignot admits Chester must beat Torquay United on Good Friday if they are to stand any chance of clawing out of the National League bottom four.

The Blues are currently nine points adrift of safety with seven games to go, with relegation looking inevitable unless Bignot’s side could take a shock six points from back-to-back Easter fixtures against the Gulls and away at Cheshire rivals Macclesfield Town (Monday, 3pm). Heading into the home encounter with the Gulls, Bignot expects Kyle Cunningham to be involved and could rest teenage midfielder Tom Crawford, the 18-year-old having looked jaded during the 3-2 loss at Sutton United.

“I’m really looking forward to the Easter weekend and if we can get a healthy points return then the league table will certainly have a more positive look to it,” said Bignot, who faces an uncertain future himself with his contract set to expire at the end of the season.

“You look at it and say yes, it’s probably a pivotal point in our season. In terms of games running out and we need to get on a run. If we don’t get on this run, there won’t be enough games to do so.”

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