Boss Jimmy Albans has refused to admit defeat in his battle to keep Belper United in the Northern Premier League.
The Nailers suffered their sixth successive league defeat with a 1-0 loss away to Barwell FC on Saturday to leave them a mammoth 14 points from safety.
“You look around at the team now, and we’ve brought players in to the side in recent weeks, an” we have an awful lot of quality there,” said Albans.
“We’ve got players that have not only played at this level for many years, but we have a handful of players who have played in the Conference North too.
“There is no doubt that we are good enough to stay and compete in this league, and we certainly don’t have time for any more excuses.
We must start picking points up now, and build week-on-week and see where it can get us.”
“I understand that three new players came in yesterday to make their debuts, so they need that time to gel, but we haven’t got time anymore.
“We have hopefully got a few more faces coming in this week, which will make us even stronger, and in theory should make us harder to beat and more competitive in going for a result.”
Despite the major setback in defeat, Albans was proud of his players efforts and workrate.
And he maintains that his side can make the unlikiliest of escapes a reality, if they can pick up some much-neeeded confidence with a win.
He added: “Barwell are aiming for the play-offs.
“If we were going to places like Barwell, who are aiming high this season, and were getting beat three or four nil, then we have serious problems.
“But the fact of the matter is that we lost 1-0, and in terms of chances created in the game, we were pretty equal.
“That shows me that we can do it, we just need to get that first result to gain some confidence and build from there.
“I accept that in the first half an hour, we were at sixes and sevens and we couldn’t get a grip of the game whatsoever.
“But as the game went on, and we settled down a little more, I felt we match them in most areas, but we just lacked quality in the final third.
“Jamie (McGhee) had a great chance inside the box which is bent just wide, and if that goes in, then it is a different story.
“We really are that close, and I say that with confidence.
“We just need to stop making silly errors at the back that are costing us in games and we need to believe we can win football matches.”
Belper’s next game comes on Saturday with a league fixture against Stamford at the Marston’s Stadium, 3:00pm kick off.