A defiant Saints boss Jon Brady insists his side can beat the drop after Saturday’s defeat at Colwyn Bay left them in the relegation zone for the first time since September.
Saints have now lost nine of their last 12 matches, winning just one in that time, to plummet towards the wrong end of the Conference North table.
“I believe we can and I know the players believe we can get out of it.”Jon Brady
Both sides went into Saturday’s game knowing the outcome could ultimately prove decisive in the battle for survival, and it was Rob Hopley’s 66th minute goal that separated the sides, lifting Bay out of the relegation zone to be replaced by their opponents.
Brackley can cling onto the fact that just two points separates them from 16th-placed Gainsborough Trinity, but with only five games remaining, this weekend’s clash against mid-table Solihull Moors at St James Park looks a must-win game if Brady’s side are to avoid the drop, especially with tough fixtures to come against leaders Barrow and play-off chasing Hednesford.
Saints also play next Tuesday when they travel to Worcester City.
Brady said: “I’ve never been involved in a relegation battle before and I’ve got a huge amount of pride in what I do.
“The players have got five games left to get out of it, three at home and two away, and only one long journey. If we can win on Saturday it will be back in our hands but there will be more twists and turns yet because it is so tight down there.
“We’ve got to fight and scrap to get those points, I believe we can and I know the players believe we can get out of it. The players have go to take confidence from their performance against North Ferriby the other week, they are the FA Trophy winners.
“If we can six, or even four, points from these next two games it will be a huge boost for us. Solihill and Worcester are comfortably in mid-table and not in need of the points like we are but that can work both ways.
“I just want our young players to go out and play like they can and not let the pressure get to them. At the moment every little setback is something they are not getting over in a game, I want them to play without pressure.”