Eastbourne Town look set to avoid the drop from Ryman Division one south and despite their brush with relegation danger, boss Danny Bloor believes this season has been full of positive signs.
Town are still not mathematically safe, but Chatham Town, who sit 21st, must win all three of their matches and hope Bloor’s side lose their three games.
The teams face each other on Bank Holiday Monday at the Saffrons (3.00pm), before that, Town travel to play-off chasing Walton & Hersham on Saturday.
Town have won just once in nine matches, but the manager is determined to look at the bigger picture.
“We have a lot of positives,” he said, “I have given three 18-year-olds their débuts this season; lads who have come through our youth setup. We have rebuilt a new team, at times we have played some of the best football.
“I have managed teams with a lot bigger budgets but at times we have played the best football that I have been manager of. We have had one of the best results of the season, winning away at Bognor Regis, who I think will win the league, no-one else has won there.
“I think we have used too many players, but we are trying to build. We have played some really, really good football, we have been entertaining.”
Ollie Nicholls was the third of those youth team graduates to make his first-team bow, the ‘keeper appeared in last Saturday’s home defeat to Whitstable.
He is set to give way to regular Kieron Thorp this weekend, who has recovered from a back complaint.
Recent recruit Luke Denton, who is making his way back to full fitness, should play a part again.
Town put their good away run on the line tomorrow with a visit to Surrey.
Bloor’s men have lost only once in their last five matches on the road and the manager has an added incentive to pick up an important victory.
He added, “Their manager Chuck Martini used to be my goalkeeper at Worthing and Liam Collins (Walton midfielder) is one of my best friends in football, so it’s a game I’m looking forward to.”