Richard Scott reckons his goal-crazy Thrapston Town can still win promotion to the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division.
Last week’s 9-1 demolition of Buckingham Town means Thrapston make the short trip to Rushden & Higham tomorrow (Saturday) having won seven and drawn one of their last nine matches in Division One.
That run of form has lifted them to ninth but, with games in hand on many of the sides above them and a favourable looking fixture list, Scott is not writing off his side’s promotion chances.
The Thrapston boss has seen his side net 19 goals in their last four games.
And he said: “We just have to keep playing the way we have been playing.
“If we do that second place is still possible.
“We have 14 games left and if we can beat Lutterworth and Peterborough Sports at our place that will bring us closer to them.
“We have nothing to fear from anyone in this division.
“The lads are playing with a lot of confidence and are scoring a lot of goals.”
Town have netted 59 times in the league this season and had Cory James been unavailable more often they surely would have scored many more.
Work commitments have kept last season’s top scorer out for much of the campaign but he showed what Town have been missing with four goals in just 23 minutes after coming off the bench against Buckingham last week.
Scott said: “It does make you wonder where we would be if Cory had been available all season. We might be in a better position.
“But we have hit a purple patch since the start of the year.
“We’ve been creating chances all season and it seems in the last few games, we’ve started putting them away.”
At the other end of the pitch, former Rushden & Diamonds defender Chris Hope has been a key figure.
Hope, who played more than 600 Football League games during a long professional career, is now 42 years old.
But Scott said: “He’s still one of the fittest lads in the team.
“We have a young side and it’s great for them to have Chris organising the lads at the back.”
Whitworth also remain in the hunt for promotion and face a big game this weekend when they host second-placed Peterborough Sports.
Raunds Town will aim to recover from their shock 3-0 loss at strugglers St Neots Town Saints when they host Bugbrooke while Irchester United take on Bourne Town at Alfred Street.
The St Neots side provide the opposition for Rothwell Corinthians at Sergeants Lawn tomorrow.