Cinderford Town manager Paul Michael has called for his side to keep up a great run of form against Thatcham Town on Saturday, as the Foresters look to gate-crash in on the play-offs in their final 9 league games.
Cinderford go into the game at the Causeway unbeaten in 7 games in all competitions and having won their two other games in March, both by two goals to one. Last weekend they beat Blackfied & Langley, who find themselves top of the Southern League Division One South, but Michael says that his side need to by consistent against sides below them too.
“Having been on a good run we of course want that to continue, Thatcham are a good side and in sport what you’ve done previously counts for absolutely nothing when you cross that whitewash for your next encounter.
Beating the league leaders was worth 3 points and likewise this Saturday is worth 3 points, regardless the opponent.” Michael added.
Michael’s men currently occupy 7th place in the table and find themselves just five points outside the play-offs, with as many as two games in hand in sides in and around them. But the Cinderford boss isn’t letting his side’s unbeaten run get ahead of him and knows there is still a long way to go if Cinderford are to extend their season.
“We have 9 games left and still need a fantastic run to have a shot at the play-offs. The run has been very pleasing and we needed it to be honest.
Without it the league season could be over now so we are delighted that we have given ourselves something to fight for. There’s a number of small improvements that have contributed to the run and I’m delighted with the boys performances and attitude over the last few weeks, which has been outstanding.
The boys deserve all the praise they’ve gone out and started to show what they are capable of, having said that I still expect more from us as a team over the next few matches, we can do better.”
After Saturday’s game with last season’s FA Vase winners Thatcham, Cinderford travel to Bideford next weekend before back to back home games with Melksham Town and Highworth Town respectively.
Looking at how the fixtures pan out, the play-off places could be decided in the final games of the season and with a mouth-watering run in of title challengers Yate Town at home, local rivals Slimbridge away and a potential winner takes all game at home to Winchester City, Michael admits his side will need to take their run in one game at a time to keep up their play-off ambitions.
“To say we need to take it a game at a time is spot on really. It is a cliché but it’s exactly that. We need to take it one game at a time, focus purely on the next action within our control and if each of us within the group does that then I totally believe in the people we have here to continue the run.”
Cinderford Town welcome Thatcham Town to the Causeway on Saturday 16th March; kick off at 15:00
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