Tom Wade insists Blyth Spartans are mounting a realistic attempt at promotion.
The Northumberland club are back up to sixth in Evo-Stik Premier after Saturday’s 4-2 home win over Witton Albion, level on points with Ashton United, who occupy the last play-off place.
And after an eighth win in nine games at Fortress Croft Park, Wade said: “We’d love to go up.
“We are pushing for it but teams have got a lot of games in hand on us so we’ve just got to keep on playing with that spirit and we’ll be OK.”
Leading through Robbie Dale’s sixth-minute opener, Blyth were pegged back two minutes later by Danny Andrews and just before half-time Michael Powell put Witton in front.
But Spartans levelled on the hour when Dale beat Matt Cooper from the penalty spot after the visiting goalkeeper upended Dan Maguire in the box.
And taking control of the last third of the game, the hosts claimed the points when Maguire netted following a corner, then again after Dale’s chip was cleared off the line.
“It was a tough game, you couldn’t play too much football because the pitch was heavy and the wind was strong,” said Wade.
“We said it would be a battle. They’re a good side in a false position (fourth bottom).
“But to be honest, second half I thought we bossed it and we thoroughly deserved the win.”