2:51pm Thursday 16th February 2012
By Matt Plummer
Heybridge Swifts boss Mark Hawkes has challenged his squad to keep their season alive as long as possible.
The Scraley Road team are still in the Ryman League division one north play-off chase, handily placed just six points behind fifth-placed Grays Athletic.
And with winnable games coming up, Hawkes believes his side’s fate will be decided in the next few weeks.
“Our season will either still be alive or dead after four or five games,” said the Swifts manager.
“It’s really going to take shape because we’ve got a run of games that we’re more than capable of winning.
“If we win them, it’s great because we’ll take three points and deny our rivals in the process.
“But if we lose, the opposite will apply and that will be very damaging to our play-off chances.
“We could suddenly find ourselves 13 or 14 points adrift.
“That’s why they’re such important matches and I really hope we keep our season alive as long as possible.
“If we don’t, it could be dead heading into the last six or seven games and that’s the last thing we want.
“People would start to lose interest, attendances may dip and the whole thing would become an anti-climax.
“That’s what we’re trying to avoid.”
Swifts head to second-placed Enfield Town on Saturday.
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