New Huntingdon Town manager Bob Warby refuses to accept his team are doomed for the drop.
The Boston-based chief enjoyed an encouraging start at the Jubilee Park helm when overseeing a goalless United Counties League Premier Division draw against Harrowby last Saturday.
Despite that pleasing result, rock-bottom Huntingdon remain 11 points from safety with the same number of games remaining. They have also played considerably more matches than their fellow strugglers.
But Warby insisted: “If I felt we were screwed this season, I would have sat at home on a Saturday with the wife and kids.
“It is not about building for next season, it is about having the best possible crack at staying in this division.
“All we can do is put in performances, pick up points and see where it takes us. We can’t change what has happened in the previous weeks and months.
“I’m not here to go through the motions or to be second best. I’m a winner.”
Warby drafted in five new players following his appointment last week and has since added attacking player Ben Colmer to his squad ahead of a trip to Leicestershire side Kirby Muxloe tomorrow. Colmer has played for the club in the past.
And Warby has some ambitious plans for the future as he bids to bring the good times back to Town.
He added: “We have probably the best facilities in this league and I want to give us the best team in time.
“I want to have this club comfortably competing at the top end of this league, if not beyond, in the next three years.
“It will take time to achieve it, but we have people here who want to do the best they possibly can.”
Huntingdon went out of the Hinchingbrooke Cup in midweek when suffering a 6-1 defeat at Deeping Rangers. Geyliou Mailancol hit Town’s goal in the quarter-final exit.