FAREHAM TOWN manager Matt Parr is backing his team to complete a Great Escape by winning at Andover Town in their final game of the season tomorrow (3pm).
Victory will guarantee the Reds safety and maintain their Wessex League premier division status for another season.
Even when his team recently slumped to the bottom of the table with just three games left, Parr defiantly insisted his team could stay up.
The Reds repaid his faith with home wins over Hamworthy United (6-1) and Newport IOW (2-1) to lift themselves out of the drop zone.
Now Parr needs his team to finish the job and complete a remarkable turnaround.
‘A lot of people had written us off and that has given us extra motivation,’ said Parr.
‘We have put in a lot of hard work and it will be a great shame if we fall at the final hurdle.
‘This game is like a cup final for us and all our focus is on winning it.
‘If we win it doesn’t matter what our rivals do, we will be safe.
‘The players have been fantastic and, hopefully, will be able to pull that little bit extra out of their locker.
‘They have given me everything and now just need to get over the finishing line.
‘It will be a nervy occasion but we just have to make sure we win – we shouldn’t be in this position in the first place.’
Parr is boosted by having a fully-fit squad to choose from, though it leaves him with some hard choices to make on his starting line-up.
Fareham lost 2-0 against Andover at Cams Alders early in the season the boss has totally revamped his team since then.
Horndean can do Fareham a big favour by beating relegation rivals Totton & Eling at Five Heads Park.
AFC Portchester bring the curtain down on their successful league campaign against Fawley at Wicor Rec.
After a difficult first half of the season the Royals have bounced back in fine style to secure a third-placed finish.
Champions Petersfield Town cross the Solent to take on Newport IOW at St Georges Park (3pm).
Moneyfields finish their season with a visit to Hamworthy United.