Marcus Law says he would be in a “dark place” if Kettering Town didn’t do all they could to sneak into the Evo-Stik Southern League while there is still an opportunity for them.
The Poppies are now the rank outsiders to make it into the top five after they were beaten 2-1 at Redditch United on Monday night.
That made it two defeats in a row after an 11-match unbeaten run as they suffered a shock 1-0 home loss to Bedworth United last Thursday.
However, there remains a slight chance of Law’s men having an extended campaign.
First and foremost, they have to beat relegated Bideford at Latimer Park tonight (Thursday) and then win at Dorchester Town in the final game of the regular season on Saturday.
A failure to win either match will see their hopes ended.
But should they be victorious in both, they will then need Hungerford Town, who have already sealed a play-off place, to win at Leamington on Saturday and Weymouth to fail to win at Chesham United.
If all that were to happen, Kettering would seal fifth place on goal difference.
It’s an outside chance but Law wants to ensure there are no regrets for his team come 5pm on Saturday.
“We can’t control what others do,” the Poppies boss said.
“With Leamington and Hungerford playing each other on Saturday, there’s still a chance for the likes of us and Weymouth.
“But, first and foremost, we have to win two games and score some goals doing it as well.
“I would be in a very dark place if we decided to rest on our laurels and then it got to Saturday and we have missed out when there was still an opportunity.
“So, while there’s a chance, we will go for the two wins and if we get them then we will see where we are.
“The first priority is to win these last two matches and that’s what we are focused on doing.”