Assistant manager Callum Brooks admitted Poole Town had a “mountain to climb” if they were to escape the National South drop this season.

The Dolphins number two was speaking after his side were dealt a wretched double blow on Saturday. Poole’s 2-1 defeat at Chelmsford City was coupled with fellow relegation battlers Concord Rangers recording an unlikely 1-0 home win over high-flying Hampton & Richmond.

The results mean Dolphins are now eight points from safety with five games remaining to save their season.

Brooks told the Daily Echo: “It is a mountain to climb. There is a very slim chance, but it’s still a chance. We know it’s a long shot but in life you have to fight to the death.

“Whenever you have your back to the wall, the only thing you have available to you is to have a real go until you can no longer do it. It was deflating for the players.

“They were gutted from losing the game and then to get in and find out the blow had been added to by an unlikely result was difficult.”

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