Chelmsford City manager Rod Stringer believes the National League South title race is still wide open after his side picked up three priceless points from a 1-0 victory at fellow promotion hopefuls, Dartford.
A number of clubs are now vying for a play-off place, but with Maidenhead recently slipping from the summit, Stringer though there was far more than just an extended season to play for: “I’m going to go one further than that, I think the title is wide open, he said.
“Ebbsfleet United and ourselves have still got to play Maidenhead, while we still have games in hand, which of course we will need to win. But you just never know?”
Stringer pointed to the Clarets weekend opponents, Dartford, as a prime example of where a string of results can take you: “Dartford got themselves back into contention by going on a terrific run after we’d played them in the FA Trophy. They dug a few results out, but that’s exactly what you have to do to get yourself in there. It’s one of those situation where if you get on a run and keep winning, you never know where it might take you.
“If you can string a run of wins together, twelve to fifteen points can take you a long way. This is something we’ve got to look at, we’ve seen Dartford, Ebbsfleet and Maidenhead do it during the season. Now we need to replicate that form ourselves.”
Chelmsford currently sits just outside the top five, and Stringer urged his side to leave nothing behind in the final furlong of the campaign, adding: “Whatever happens we must make sure we don’t look back at the end of the season with regrets. We need to push on from the win at Princes Park by earning three more points from another difficult game with Concord Rangers this week.
“If we can do that, we just need to keep going. We’ve got fourteen games remaining, that’s still forty-two points to play for. It’s a lot of points. The game with Maidenhead will undoubtedly be a six-pointer. We already have a great opportunity to reach the play-offs, which is what we set out to achieve initially. But I do believe that until someone tells me that the title is mathematically out of reach, we will remain open minded and try to win every game of football we take part in.”