Thetford Town manager Mark Scott has no plans to leave Millfield empty-handed when his side visit Hadleigh United tomorrow (3pm), writes Alex Moss.
The Brecklanders (16th) are five points and two places clear of the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division relegation zone, with Scott targeting a positive result this weekend to steer his side away from trouble.
“We need another three or four points I think to guarantee our Premier status,” said the Thetford boss, whose side lost 2-0 at Brantham Athletic on Saturday.
“Hadleigh have got a strong squad and have a lot of experienced players there, but if you look at their last three games and they’ve conceded 10 and scored one.”
The recent upturn in form of Essex strugglers FC Clacton and Wivenhoe Town has seen Thetford fall into a relegation scrap in the final weeks of the season.
And with Wivenhoe set to visit Mundford Road next weekend, a defeat for Thetford tomorrow could conjure up a shootout for safety a week on Saturday.
Scott said: “If we lose and Wivenhoe win on Saturday it makes it crucial.
“But we don’t want it to go to that.
“We’ll go to Hadleigh looking for three points, it won’t be easy and will be a real challenge.
“But if we can get a win on Saturday it takes the pressure away from us and brings the teams above us back into it.”
Elsewhere in the Premier Division, Mildenhall Town (10th) look to bounce back from Saturday’s disappointing 2-0 defeat at Wivenhoe, when they host Haverhill Rovers tomorrow (3pm).
Goals from Andrew Wood (two) and Charlie Webb secured an impressive 3-0 win on the road for Walsham-le-Willows at Godmanchester Rovers on Saturday.
The Willows (14th) host Newmarket Town at Summer Road tomorrow (3pm).
In the First Division Team Bury (11th) saw their winless run stretch to eight matches after defeats to Great Yarmouth Town and Needham Market Reserves.
Ross Wilding’s side look to finish their season on a high when they host bottom-placed Leiston Reserves in their final game tomorrow (3pm).
Stowmarket Town (12th) end their campaign with three home games, starting with the visit of King’s Lynn Town Reserves tomorrow (3pm).
Rick Andrews’ side host Debenham LC on Tuesday (7.45pm) and go into the final week of the season in good spirits following a 1-1 draw at promotion-chasing Swaffham Town on Saturday.