St Ives Town manager Ricky Marheineke fears he will have no choice other than to rip up his squad ahead of next season.

A goalless draw at basement side Gosport Borough last Saturday secured the club’s Southern League Premier Division survival. But Marheineke was in no mood to celebrate that achievement in a season where only the team the bottom team will be relegated due to a non-league restructure.

In previous campaigns four teams have been relegated from the Premier Division. Were that the case again, Saints would be 17 points from safety and bound for the drop.

Marheineke, whose side have managed only one win and one draw in their last 10 games, said: “How can the players expect me to go into next season with the current group?

“We have good individuals, but it is quite clear that we have fallen short as a team. Three teams will go down next season and I don’t currently have the confidence that this squad can keep us in that scenario.

“It’s not just an opinion. It’s a fact based on the points we have picked up.

“We are nowhere near good enough collectively. We lack consistency game-by-game and also within games.”

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