BRIDGWATER Town, currently propping up the Evo-Stik Southern League Division 1 South & West standings, host third-bottom AFC Totton tomorrow (ko 3pm), and manager Phil Hucker is hopeful of a good result.
They took the lead against playoff challengers Swindon Supermarine last Saturday, only to lose 3-1, despite a positive performance.
Hucker said: “If we take the belief and desire that we showed against Swindon Supermarine into this weekend then we’ve got a very good chance of picking up a result.”
Seventeen points adrift of tomorrow's opponents, and with two teams going down, the odds are certainly stacked against the Robins - even if they can win this match at Fairfax Park.
“I wouldn’t say it is do or die, as I don’t want to put that sort of pressure on the players, but certainly if we lose survival becomes very difficult,” added Hucker.
“We’re still aiming for survival, and in any case we are aiming to avoid finishing bottom so there is definitely something still to play for.”
He also hopes to put on a show for the team's loyal fans.
“We had a good few supporters that travelled to support us last weekend and were rewarded with an improved performance, so we need to translate that into our home form and give our home fans something to cheer.”
“The supporters will have a big part to play on Saturday so it’s important that we reward them.”