Eastbourne Borough boss Garry Wilson insists the Sports will not be throwing in the towel in their battle for survival in the Blue Square Bet Premier.
Boro’ have lost their last four matches and are eight points from safety with just eight games left.
Last season 46 points was enough to keep Wilson’s men up by the skin of their teeth. If they were to attain that total this time around they would need to win all four of their remaining home matches as well as picking up results on the road. They still face trips to Southport, Gateshead, Luton and Altrincham before the end of the campaign.
The Sports host mid-table Kettering tomorrow (3.00pm), out to give themselves a glimmer of hope.
But while Wilson knows the odds are stacked against his side, he is not about to admit defeat.
“They are all must-win games from now until the end of the season,” he said.
“It is looking tough but we have just got to try and work our way through it and to the last game.
“We have got to give it a go until it is impossible mathematically. Take out Saturday’s game, the rest of the games we’ve been fighting; we’ll keep going, we are going to let nobody rest.”
The Northamptonshire side sit 10 points clear of the drop zone after a season of inconsistency. Now under the management of Marcus Law, the Poppies have beaten Newport and Histon in recent weeks but have also fallen to defeats at Hayes and Tamworth.
They eased to a 3-0 victory over Boro’ in January after Matt Smart had seen red, but Wilson believes his men can pose a threat.
He said, “They could take us lightly, or they think we are down and out.
“Against Crawley we showed we can compete with the best teams at this level.”
Ben Austin and Jamie Taylor are both doubtful for the clash, along with Gary Elphick (back), who was forced off against Barrow last Saturday. Ross Treleaven and Matt Langston remain long-term absentees.