Scott Goodwin admits his Long Buckby side are in dire straits.
And he is urging them to show bravery in their final two games as they bid to beat the drop in the UCL Premier Division.
The Bucks suffered a 3-1 defeat at home to fellow strugglers AFC Kempston Rovers on Tuesday night, slipping to within two points of the relegation zone.
And with sides below them having games in hand, Goodwin’s side, who have two matches remaining, appear to be in a perilous position.
“We’re down there and if you don’t win in 14 games you deserve to be down there,” said the Buckby boss.
“We’re in a dogfight now and we really didn’t want to be in this position.
“We are in dire straits but we can’t afford to go into our shells. If we do that, we will be looking at relegation.”
Buckby now sit 16th in the standings, with home games against Northern Star and Blackstones remaining.
And Goodwin added: “It’s going to be about who’s got the biggest bravery and heart.
“The last two games won’t be won by quality, they’ll be won by battle and grind. If we’ve got that then we can get the wins we need.
“They will be two big battles, but we can win them.”