Lancaster City boss Phil Brown admits his side’s play-off hopes are hanging by a thread.
The Dolly Blues are six points shy of the top five with five games to play, starting at Mossley at Saturday.
But with all the sides above City having games in hand Brown knows full well that finishing the season with 15 points out of 15 might not be enough to extend his side’s campaign beyond April 23.
Things didn’t go his side’s way on Easter Monday with the Blues stumbling to a 2-2 draw at Kendal Town while rivals Clitheroe and Burscough both won.
Brown said: “The bigger picture is I’m not sure 74 points is going to be enough.
“We’ll have to wait and see.
“Burscough and Clitheroe play each other on Thursday night but they both did their stuff away from home on Monday.
“That’s the way it is. There’ll be ups and downs. Somebody’s got to drop points on Thursday.
“That’s the nature of the beast. We’ll keep going until it’s mathematically impossible.”
Brown was keen to take the positives after the derby stalemate at Parkside Road with his players needing to keep up the pressure at Mossley on Saturday.
The Blues boss said: “We’ll train Thursday night and have a bit of a chat. “The players need to pick themselves up, they’ve got a game of football to look forward to, Mossley away.
“It’ll be tougher than Kendal, certainly in terms of the physicality.
“We didn’t get beaten, we’re still unbeaten in five league games.
“We’ve just got to kick on, try and maintain and a positive outlook and pick up as many points as we can.”