Dunstable Town boss Tony Fontenelle has said he will be saddened if his side don’t make a top 10 finish at the end of the season.
With his side hit with a string of injuries, Fontenelle knows his team face a tough task this weekend against league leaders Poole Town, who could secure promotion with a win.
Dunstable are without goalkeeper Jamie Head, defender James Kaloczi, midfielder Adam Watkins and striker Jonny Edwards.
The game comes on the back of a 4-3 away loss to Frome Town on Wednesday, which although Fontenelle wasn’t happy with the result, he couldn’t say the fault laid at the feet of his players.
He said: “We had the bare eleven players, so I really can’t fault the lads, it is going to be a tough end to the season.
“The disappointing thing is we conceded from two set pieces, an overhead kick and a great free-kick, so the only goal we let in in open play was the latter, the lads just have to look at themselves and make sure they finish their jobs properly when they are marking at set pieces.”
With Poole hoping to clinch promotion to the National League South this weekend, Fontenelle is expecting a huge turn out in support for The Dolphins.
He continued: “I am just going to say to the lads make the most of the experience, there is going to be over 1000 people there it is going to be an intimidating atmosphere.
“The boys have just got to make the most of it as there is no pressure on us, it is going to have to be an absolutely monumental effort to get the result, Poole are the best team in the league, I expect to see them crowned champions this season, hopefully it won’t be confirmed against us.”
With the Blues expecting such a difficult game, the target of a top 10 finish seems like a serious challenge with two tough games next week against Chesham and Bedworth.
Fontenelle said: “If we achieve a top ten finish then it will have been a fantastic season, but with the injuries and with some players unavailable it is a tougher task, it will be a disappointment for both me and [Danny] Talbs if we can’t finish in those positions.
“If we finish 15th, I don’t think that would be a fair reflection on the hard work we as the coaching staff and players have put in over the course of the season.”
Dunstable Town travel to Poole Town this Saturday with a 3pm kick-off.