It’s not over until it’s over. That’s the message from boss Darran Foster to his Daventry Town players as they enter the final furlong of the season.
Although the Town boss accepts that his team claiming a place in the Evo-Stik Division One Central play-offs come the end of the campaign is ‘unlikely’, he insists he and his players will be fighting to the bitter end.
And Foster is still hoping a new, relaxed attitude around Communications Park could yet pay surprising dividends.
Daventry maintained their interest at the top end of the table on Tuesday night, when Ashley Robinson scored a last-minute goal to seal a hard-fought 2-1 win at Barton Rovers.
It was Daventry’s second win on the spin following last week’s 3-1 victory over Slough, and with nine games left to play Foster’s men are in ninth place, but 11 points off the top five.
“I said to the lads before the Slough game that to have any chance we needed to win all 11 or our games, and we have won the first two,” said Foster.
“We have Biggleswade on Saturday and then Guildford on the last day of the season, but apart from those fixtures the rest of our games are against teams below us in the table.
“I am not really holding out too much hope of the play-offs, because the top five just don’t seem to lose, they keep on winning and nothing happens until they play each other.
“But we can still get 83 points this season if we win all of our games.
“I have checked the record books over the past 10 years, and usually 80 points is enough for the play-offs.
“Now that might not be the case this season, but we will do everything we can.
“We have taken the pressure off the lads. We want to win our games, and we have just said to them ‘let’s go and put a run together’.
“We are saying ‘let’s just have one big push at it and see where it takes us’. We won’t stop trying until it is mathematically impossible.
“We will never give up. I am not that type of person.”
Following Saturday’s game against Biggleswade (ko 3pm), Daventry have two further home games against Leighton Town next Tuesday and Uxbridge on March 30, before the Easter Monday derby with rock-bottom Woodford United at Byfield Road.