With a top six clash on the horizon, player-manager Martin Westcott has offered a pragmatic view of Haverhill Borough’s promotion chances.
Borough (fourth in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division as the time of writing) face sixth-placed March Town United at the New Croft on Saturday (3pm).
With a tough run in that includes away fixtures at three of the top five and a seven point gap to the top three, Westcott accepts promotion is highly unlikely.
He said: “I think for us, we’ve got some big games left this season and I think the March match would be a big barometer of where we are at current and what we could take into next season.
“I think with Saffron Walden winning last night even the most optimistic person might think we are not going to get promoted this season.
“Really, what we are looking to do is set up for next season and be as strong as we can.
“We are trying to finish the season as well as we can. I know from experience that the better you finish a season the better it sets you up for the start of the next season.”
Defenders Harry O’Connor and Gareth Thomas and striker Chris Thomas return to the squad, although Westcott’s ankle injury means he is out.
Goalie Charlie Turner has one game of his suspension to serve, so Graham Smith will continue to deputise.
The versatile Paul Hunt (on his stag do) and Luke Latham are both unavailable, as is central defender Errol Durell, whose work commitments mean he again misses out.
Central defender Cameron Watson, who only joined Borough two weeks ago from Histon U21s, will again feature and he received praise from Westcott, who said: “He is a terrific player, a really good footballer, good on the ground and good in the air. He is a really good signing for us.”