Cinderford Town boss sets points target for great escape

By Liam Ryder in Football

PAUL Michael admits keeping Cinderford Town in the Southern League Premier Division would be an ’unbelievable achievement’ after guiding the club to a four-game unbeaten run.

Town have been rooted to the bottom of the table since September and were seven points behind next-best side Hayes & Yeading United before the Foresters’ home clash against Frome Town last night.

Michael’s men were also 10 points behind Cambridge City, who occupy the final relegation place.

Cinderford’s recent upturn in results has pushed them atop the form table, claiming 10 points from a possible 12 in February, but Michael admits it’ll take an unprecedented push to stay up.

“It’s been a really good month so far,” he said.

“It feels like a team now and we’ve got a great team spirit. The squad’s been settled for a few months now.

“They’ve impressed and Craig Norman has done particularly well, scoring against Slough and getting the winner at Kings Langley.

“Of the newest boys he’s been one of the best performers. We’ve got better players in now and that’s meant with no disrespect to those who were here at the start of the season.

“We kept five or six of them and joined them with the players we’ve got in, and the boys are giving everything in training and on match days. They’re really positive right now.

“45 points has always been enough to stay in this division but that means eight wins out of 13 games remaining for us.

“We’ve got 21 points so far so it would be an unbelievable achievement. But whatever happens we are taking it one game at a time.”

Michael also believes teams will no longer turn up to the Causeway expecting an easy ride against the league’s bottom side.

“I don’t mind if people want to keep underestimating us, but I think that’s gone now,” he added.

“Where we’ve had four games unbeaten that proves this is a side that can compete. Having beaten St Neot’s so comfortably and a win over a Slough team who could have gone top proves that too.

“We just have to have the belief in our own ability.”

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