Bourne Town boss Darren Munton believes his side have new belief that they can avoid the nightmare of having to apply to stay in UCL Division One.
The Wakes secured a vital three points with a 2-1 win at relegation-threatened Irchester United on Saturday and now Munton is looking for a fourth straight win on the road when his side travel to Northampton Spencer tonight (kick off 7.45).
But the cloud of demotion into the Peterborough and District League still hangs over the Wakes, with rumours that sides like Netherton United, Melton Mowbray and King’s Lynn Town Reserves are all interested in applying for UCL Division One status.
Munton said: “It would be a massive achievement for us to finish out of the bottom two because of where we were a few weeks ago.
“We were dead and buried but I said to the lads ‘keep out of the bottom two’ and we’re full of confidence at the minute that we can stay in the division without re-election.”
Demotion would be a bitter blow to the club who won four UCL Premier Division titles between 1968 and 1991, the last with Munton in the team.
“The club has gone through hard times and at one point, it was touch and go whether we could sustain things at this level,” Munton said.
“I was fortunate enough to be in the 1990-91 championship-winning side and there were some good players around in the league in those days.
“We have seven games to go, seven cup finals, but I guess from the game on Saturday that the lads have a bit of belief they can do thsi.
“The boys ave got the bit between their teeth and I’m pleased for them.”
Munton described Saturday’s success at Irchester United as a “massive win for us,” with Alex Brookbank opening the scoring by finising off a goalmouth scramble.
But when the Wakes gave the ball away, just before half time, the Romans equalised to leave Munton feeling disappointed.
He said: “We missed a couple of chances to stretch the lead before they equalised, but we got a corner in te second half which Tom Cardell swung in and Seb Hood powered home.
“When it’s 2-1, you’re still hanging around and when the referee said there were three minutes left, it felt more like seven minutes.
“But we knew how important it was to get the win and we deserved it.”
The Wakes will be without striker Anthony Graves for tonight’s game.