STEVE HOWSON knows that a lot of the Chester squad are playing for their futures between now and the end of the season.

Chester joint manager Anthony Johnson warned his squad that some of them may have played their last game after the embarrassing 6-0 home defeat by Stockport County.

And experienced defender Howson (pictured right) admitted the prospect of next season is also high in the players’ minds.

“It is a big warning,” said Howson. “It’s the last few games that stick in people’s minds so the managers have made it clear to us that if we want to be here or if we want a move we need to start performing and give all we’ve got for the last four games.

“It’s a case of grafting and putting on a show. Obviously I’ve not loved the last few games as I’ve been on the bench and been dropped but overall I’ve loved it this season and I feel I’ve played well for 90 per cent of it.

“I’ve yet to speak to the managers but I just want an opportunity to get back in the side and show what I can do for the last few games.”

One signing the club has made in the last week is new general manager, George Delves.

Delves, who has held a similar role at Tamworth, will take up his position on May 1 and told the club’s official website: “I am delighted to be moving to Chester FC. The club has massive potential both on and off the pitch, and my role will be to work alongside the Directors, First Team Management, Academy Staff, and Volunteer Groups to help achieve this potential in all areas.

“I agreed to join in February but whilst it would have been great for both parties to get started straight away, it would have shown a lack of respect from myself to everyone at Tamworth to leave mid-season.”

Brackley Town kept their title challenge alive as they came from behind to win 2-1 at Altrincham.

The victory secured a play-off place for Kevin Wilkin’s side, who are now six points off leaders Stockport County, who play second-placed Chorley on Saturday in what has been called a title-decider.

“I am absolutely delighted with the win,” said former Wrexham boss Wilkin, whose side head to The Deva on Monday.

“The win keeps it interesting.”