Steve Davey prepared for City of Portsmouth’s Southern League showdown and insisted: We can stay up.
Relegation-threatened City face a daunting final-day decider against division one leaders Southampton and fellow strugglers Harrow and Havering & Mayesbrook.
And with four teams to go down, City captain Davey is predicting a second-place finish will be required to give his troubled side any chance of survival.
He said: ‘Unfortunately there is a lot riding on today’s meeting.
‘This is the worst position we’ve been in for maybe six years or so as a club and the threat of relegation is very real.
‘We are currently fourth from bottom and four teams will be relegated today.
‘We will probably need to finish second in our meeting to have a chance of staying up.
‘We deserve to be in division one but, unfortunately, we’ve had a long, hard season with people out injured or away at university.
‘So it all comes down to today.’
A runners-up spot would give City three points and swell their season’s total to 11.
Davey believes that figure would give the Mountbatten Centre-based side a fighting chance of safety, with individual event scores set to come into play.
The 35-year-old revealed: ‘There are a number of teams, depending on where they finish in their own individual meetings today, who could end up on 11 points.
‘If there are teams equal on match points at the end of the season it goes down to individual points you have scored within matches, so it gets a little bit complicated.
‘How that works is basically if you win an event – say the 100m – you would get four points, then three, two, one etc.
‘Depending on how many points your team scores from the amount of events they have won or come second, third or fourth – that then forms your individual match score.
‘Those scores would then be used to separate teams.’
City will be boosted by the return of Commonwealth Games hopeful Mandy Gault.
Nialls Davies is also back in the steeplechase but sprinter Jamie Gabbidon will miss the event at Southampton Sports Centre to attend a wedding.