Daventry Town boss Darran Foster is adamant his players won’t give up on their play-off dream - despite suffering a ‘kick in the teeth’ in their past two games.
Foster’s men fell to a 4-3 defeat against Burnham last Saturday, with the manager ‘fuming’ at the display of the referee.
And they were hit with another blow on Monday night, going down to a 3-1 reverse at the hands of Beaconsfield SYCOB.
Those results leave Daventry’s hopes of a top five finish looking slim, as they now sit 12 points adrift of the play-off places.
And though Foster admits it was a tough few days for his squad, he insists they can bounce back against Slough Town this weekend.
“It was a very, very bad three days,” said Foster.
“Sometimes it goes against you and sometimes it goes for you.
“What we won’t do is give up. We’re just looking for a respectable finish to the season.
“We’ve got 14 games left and we’ll never write it (finishing in the play-off places) off when we’ve still got a chance.
“We’ve got to keep going and we’ve got some very big games to come.
“We’ve got Slough on Saturday and we don’t want to embarrass ourselves.
“I want to see the lads go on a run and rack up 12 or 15 points quickly.”
Last Saturday’s defeat to Burnham, in which Daventry were 3-1 up, clearly still rankles with Foster.
The normally laid-back boss couldn’t believe some of the referee’s decisions in the game at Communications Park, and was eventually removed from the dugout after some vehement protests.
“Saturday was the biggest kick in the teeth for us,” said Foster.
“The ref has killed us. It was the worst refereeing I’ve seen in my career and he gifted Burnham the game.
“Decisions didn’t go for us and we got punished for it. He overruled the lineswoman five times and it cost us two goals.
“They were key decisions and you can’t afford for them to go against you.
“I’m normally very placid but I’m fuming because I’ve never witnessed anything like it in my life.”