Alex Pike has told Gosport Borough they still have to up their game if they are to turn their Southern League premier division play-off dream into reality.
The Privett Park outfit are unbeaten in 23 league matches – a superb run which has fired them up to fourth spot.
However, they are facing up to a demanding Easter – with Arlesey visiting tomorrow and a tricky derby in prospect at AFC Totton on Monday (both 3pm).
And Pike insists there is still plenty of hard work to do.
‘We have got ourselves into a nice position but we are now getting to the business end of the season,’ he said.
‘Everyone is aware it will not get easier.
‘And we have to up our game even more because all the other clubs see us as a scalp they want to take.
‘Either we can push on and try to finish second or we could slip and fail to make the play-offs.
‘That would be disastrous after what we have achieved.
‘Other teams are starting to pick up momentum and we cannot afford to relax.
‘I am confident we won’t –because of the experienced players in our squad.
‘The likes of Brett Poate, Aaron Cook, Sammy Igoe and Jamie Brown won’t want to let that happen.’
Borough booked themselves a spot in the Russell-Cotes Cup final earlier this week as they beat Christchurch 4-2.
It gave Pike the chance to give some of his fringe players an opportunity – crucial game time given the club have pulled the plug on their reserves.
Sammy Igoe proved what an important part he plays in Borough’s ongoing success.
It wasn’t until he was introduced in extra-time that Borough broke their opponents down.
‘I may be a confident, arrogant manager at times,’ said Pike.
‘But I can say I wouldn’t want to go into our last eight games without Sammy Igoe.
‘He makes us tick. He is very much our heartbeat.
‘His knowledge, talent and ability make all the difference.’
Pike has the luxury of a full squad to choose from tomorrow – with Lee Molyneaux fit again after injury.
Borough drew 1-1 at Arlesey earlier in the season with the hosts netting a late equaliser.
‘It is all about what we do,’ said Pike.
‘And if we show the correct mental attitude we should get the result we want.’