Woodford United chairman Andy Worrall says his club are merely making up the numbers in Southern League Division One Central this season.
Worrall is still hoping the Reds can survive in step four, but their chances are looking bleak as they have yet to claim a point in the division to date.
Woodford, whose game against fellow strugglers North Greenford was postponed on Tuesday, have lost all 22 games, accruing a goal difference of minus 71, but they remain just four points from survival as Greenford United are in similarly dire straits.
Pete Harris and Paul Oddy are the men tasked with the Byfield Road survival bid, but Worrall admits it’s a tough ask.
“We’re having a good season financially, but on the pitch it’s difficult,” said Worrall.
“We’ve got young lads with a lot of character. Their effort and endeavour is tremendous and we’re still only four points from safety. If we can stay up we’ll stay up, but it’s got to be on the budget we’re on currently, which is a very low budget at this level.
“We’ve done well to get into step four but it’s come to a stage where we’re not going to get promotion to step three.
“No disrespect, but we’re just in it to make up the numbers.”
And Worrall says the focus of the club has to be on developing young players, rather than paying out big money to secure a mid-table finish.
“We’re better off developing our young players and getting them to take the step up,” he said. “Some teams look at it and think staying up is the be all and end all, but we’d rather give the youngsters the chance to play at this level.
“If they can learn it will stand them in good stead and that will mean we’ve done a good job. We don’t have big money and we don’t get big gates and there are a lot of clubs paying a lot of money to stay in mid-table.
“Now’s the time to say, ‘what’s the point?’. It’s time to develop youngsters and give them a chance.”
Woodford will be aiming to break their duck on Saturday when they entertain Northwood at Byfield Road (ko 3pm).