Chester’s Kane Richards reckons the Blues’ victory over relegated side Welling United only boosted the players’ confidence going into the last two games.
Taking three points off the Wings moved Chester into a relatively comfortable position of safety, five points from the final relegation place – with only games against Grimsby and Gateshead to play.
It was the Blues’ first win in front of a home crowd since the 8-2 thumping of Aldershot back in March but Richards believes it is important to stay positive.
“We couldn’t have asked for anymore from the boys today. We’ve had a good week of preparation. Sharpy and Macca have come in and put everything into perspective really.
“We knew it was a must win game – and we had to perform to get the basics right. All of the boys put in a great shift.
“Even when Roo’s missed the penalty, I still think that gave everyone a little boost and showed us that we were able to win the game.”
Even Richards’ admitted this season has not been easy for him, from missing the team bus to Bromley to being shipped out on loan to Gainsborough after falling out of favour. It was a rare start for the Blues’ winger up top against Welling, and Kane believes Jon McCarthy holds faith in him.
“Macca has trusted me up front today – and I’ve just gone out there to do a job for the team. It was all for the three points really and for the team.
“I have been frustrated for a lot of the season, but as soon as I stepped onto the pitch, I gave it my all. I got a brilliant standing ovation when I came off.
The fans have been our 12th man all season, and always been around – and they’ve been rightfully frustrated. We felt the fans behind us today.”
Following the departure of manager Steve Burr earlier in the month, McCarthy and Sharps have been in caretaker charge, with the majority of the team backing the duo through to the end, and even the future.
“Everyone is behind Macca and Sharpy – and for us, we couldn’t see anyone better coming in. Everyone can see how much of a tight-knit group we are and it’s all paid off for us today. Today’s performance just shows how much work they’ve put in over the past week or so.”