Mark Collier says his Chippenham Town side need five more wins to ensure they remain in the National League South next season.

A difficult period has seen the club pick up a total of six points since the beginning of November, resulting in the Bluebirds heading towards the wrong end of the table. Tuesday night’s 2-0 defeat to Poole Town cemented what has been a dreary month for Collier, who has not only seen his side fail to claim a win, but also have five fixtures postponed.

Despite the run of negative results, there are some positives for Town, who drew with both Braintree Town and table-toppers Dartford in January and with 15 fixtures to go, the manager still believes it is all to play for.

“On Tuesday we had too many players who didn’t perform. It is a tough place, a tough night and they were poor conditions,” said Collier, whose side are currently 18th in the league table.

“Sometimes you need to stand up and be counted and I thought three or four of ours were left wanting a little bit. I said to the players you have to perform to a level individually.

“If you do that, then we have an opportunity to do well as a team. If we don’t, we are going to be in difficulty.

“The league placing means we are in a difficult position, but I want to make sure everyone stays calm about it.”

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