Sam Pearce has warned his Gosport Borough team-mates: It’s time to start climbing the table.
The Borough defender was on the scoresheet in last weekend’s 2-1 loss at Ebbsfleet United with a sweetly-struck volley.
But it counted for little as Alex Pike’s side slumped to the foot of Skrill South.
Pearce already believes tomorrow’s home clash with Chelmsford City is vital to Borough’s hopes of staying in the division this season.
The Gosport defender said: ‘It was always going to be tough for us after coming up last season.
‘It’s so tight but we can’t afford to get cut adrift at the bottom.
‘We have to be careful.
‘But I think it’s a must-win game for us already against Chelmsford.
‘You try not to look too much at league tables this early in the season.
‘We know we’ve not had the greatest start.
‘But if we can pick up three or four wins, we will probably be in mid-table.
‘Every team can beat every other team in this league.
‘It’s not like we’re getting stuffed every week.
‘We’ve just got to keep plugging away and doing the right things.
‘One win can make a big difference to confidence.
‘If we can put a little unbeaten run together, then it can soon change for us.’
Individual errors at the back have been costly for Alex Pike’s side so far this term.
But they are really struggling in attack, scoring just seven goals in 10 games – the lowest tally in the division.
Pearce, however, is not quite ready to assume the goalscoring mantle, despite his fine effort last week.
He smiled: ‘I’m not sure that would be the best way to go!
‘I don’t score many but they tend to be alright when I do.
‘It fell nicely and I struck it cleanly.
‘It got a little nick on the way through but it was going in anyway!’
Former Torquay striker Tim Sills is in the frame for his debut, after missing out last week with an ankle injury.
Pearce believes he could be an important signing for the Privett Park side.
The defender said: ‘We’ve got Tim Sills and I’m sure that will help us out.
‘He’s got a lot of quality and experience at a much higher level.
‘But we’ve got a lot of players who have played at this level or above.
‘There is enough experience in the side to turn it around.’