Mark Swann backing the Scholars to avoid the drop

Mark Swann is confident Chasetown can avoid the drop as he looks to strengthen his side for the Northern One South East run-in.

Mark Swann
Mark Swann

The Scholars currently sit 18th in the division with Swann picking up one win and two defeats since taking over as manager earlier this month.

The 2-1 victory over Sheffield on Saturday was the club’s first home league win since August and Swann is now looking to make additions to his squad.

“There’s a lot of good people at this club and on the playing side I’m impressed with the side that is here,” he said. “Over the next month we need to get a few players in to strengthen, we definitely need some more quality up top.

“That’s not a knock on the lads that are here, but goals win games and we need more – we’re creating the chances and we need to be more ruthless.

“The fitness levels have been down a little bit too before I came in but that will come when we build the confidence back up.

“Confidence is massive at any level, players need to go out on the pitch with a smile on their face.

“They’ll get there and I understand why the confidence was low, it’s down to me to put that right.”

Tomorrow they travel to promotion hopefuls Belper Town, hoping to increase the five-point advantage they have over rock-bottom Market Drayton Town.

“I’m confident of getting out of this situation – if we went down, it would be a failure,” Swann added. “This club needs to stay here and build for next season, where we should be aiming for step three to be honest.

“It’s about getting results, wins and draws, and not losing games – that’s the big thing. We play better against the better teams because you have to and I’m confident we can go to Belper and get a result.”

Stafford Rangers’ Northern Premier survival fight takes them to a crucial game at sixth-bottom Buxton.

Though tomorrow’s hosts are 10 points clear of Boro, they may be one of the sides they will have to catch

Both Buxton and Stafford have played 30 matches – five games more than three of the other four sides in trouble at the bottom.

Meanwhile, in the Southern Central Premier tomorrow, two sides looking to get up into the play-offs will face one another.

Rushall Olympic are one place and one point outside the top five, and travel to a AFC Rushden & Diamonds side who are one point further back in eighth.

Managerless Stourbridge – who are sandwiched between the Pics and the Diamonds in seventh – are at home to Lowestoft Town as they look to boost their play-off hopes.

Meanwhile, Hednesford Town’s play-off ambitions have long been extinguished, but they will be hoping to end a run of seven matches without a win when they host relegation-threatened Leiston at Keys Park. Kidderminster Harriers’ relegation fears have eased somewhat, but they will hope to make more progress towards mid-table security when they host 10th-placed Guiseley in National League North.

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