NOTHING’S changed was the upbeat message from manager Bobby Wilkinson, who insists that is
Hungerford Town side’s play-off hopes remain in their own hands going into the crucial Easter period.
Last Saturday’s 1-1 home draw with Biggleswade left Hungerford three points outside the play-off dotted line, but they are still sixth in the table with five to play and Wilkinson says: “We are in a better position than we were last week.
“Nothing’s changed,” he said. “If we had won last week, we would still have been in the same position . But,” he added, “we have got to get six points this weekend.”
That sees Hungerford take on another relegation-threatened side at Arlesey Town on
Saturday before entertaining
mid-table Slough Town on Monday.
“We can be in the play-offs on Monday if we win them,” said Wilkinson. “If we win on
Saturday, we will be three points behind Weymouth and they go to Truro on Monday.
“We have a better goal
difference, and if we win on Monday as well, then we are in there and Weymouth still have to play Corby and Poole.
“That’s why I don’t want to hear anyone being negative right now in front of the boys. We were disappointed not to win last week.
“Yes, we looked a little nervous at first because we knew how important the game was, and rightly so because we've got ourselves into this position. But we made 12
clear-cut chances and we would be really disappointed if we had lost two or three-nil. I only said make sure we come out of the game knowing that we are still in it for such an important weekend, and we are.
“Somebody came up to me afterwards and just said ‘you didn’t play well.’ What good does that do me right now? Nothing’s changed, we are still fighting and have everything to play for and it’s in our own hands.
“Now we have to prepare for two cup finals this weekend.”
Arlesey Town hold the third relegation spot and, says, Wilkinson: “They are fighting to stay in the league but we are fighting to get out of it.
“This time next week, I could be saying ‘we’re out of it and fell at the final hurdle again or I could be saying ‘here we go!’”
Hungerford have no injury issues ahead of the weekend.
Hungerford’s Basingstoke Senior Cup semi-final with Rising Sun has been scheduled for Tuesday, April 14 at Bulpit Lane but the Basingstoke League side may not be able to meet the date, in which case the Andover New Street side they beat in the previous round will be reinstated.