STEVE Farmer is calling for Bedworth United to believe in themselves as they look to wrap up a play-off place.
With three games to go the Greenbacks are third in the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central, five points clear of sixth placed Biggleswade.
However, they have a testing final few fixtures and manager Farmer says it is essential Bedworth’s young squad believe they are good enough to buck the trend of mid-table mediocrity supporters have put up with for years.
He said: “It’s a tough run-in for us but other teams should be looking at us and seeing us as a tough challenge.
“I don’t think the players see themselves as a third place team. They need to do that. When St Neots won here they were over the moon because they’d come to the third place team and beaten us.
“The players have to believe how good they are. Maybe it’s because they are young they can underestimate themselves.
“We are a young group, myself included. I’ve been doing this for five years though and I’ll be drawing on that experience to help give the players the belief they should have.
“The whole season has been a learning curve for me, the players and even the club as it’s not been in this position for so long.
“We are in a position where everyone around us, bar Beaconsfield, are perennial challengers. We’ve got such a young squad, but it’s a group which has embraced the challenge all season.
“There is no pressure because we’ve done so well. The players should be enjoying it.
“The supporters can enjoy it because the club has underachieved for so long. Normally at this time of the season the club is playing out games that have little on them, but that’s not the case this season.”
Farmer is urging the players not to let all their hard work go to waste ahead of
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games against second placed Slough Town, mid-table Bedfont and a potential last day showdown against Biggleswade.
“It’s time for one last push. All season we’ve been good or not so good with no middle ground.
“Maybe it’s time for that middle ground where we grind out results.
“We might need to cast aside the fantastic football that has been so prominent this season because it’s about getting a few more points,” he said.