ROB Small thinks his Bowers & Pitsea side need a ‘miracle’ if they are to claim a Ryman North play-off place on the final day of the season.
Bowers claimed a convincing 5-2 win over Great Wakering Rovers on Tuesday to climb to within three points of fifth-placed Haringey Borough.
If Haringey are defeated by Norwich United on Saturday, a win at AFC Hornchurch would be enough to clinch the final place in the play-offs.
Although Small is not expecting Haringey to slip up, he is hopeful of Norwich being able to do his side a favour.
The Bowers boss said: “I am satisfied with the win. We did our job and we improved our goal difference a bit so the pressure is on them now.
“If we can go and get a win at Hornchurch, which will be no mean feat in itself, then we will pray for a miracle at Haringey and for our friends at Norwich to do us a favour.
“If you had have said in August that Bowers, in the first season in the Ryman North, will get a top ten finish and go into the final day of the season with an outside chance of making the play-offs then I would have said ‘you’re crazy’.
“But seven games ago we were in a very good position and for whatever reason results and performances haven’t been good enough.
“I think we have let slip a very good position whereby we should have a play-off place wrapped up by now.
“Before the season I, personally, wouldn’t have taken the position we’re in because I believe in myself and the team. But we have to remember we are Bowers & Pitsea and we now need a miracle to happen at Haringey.”
Brad Warner put already relegated Wakering to the sword as he notched four of Bowers’ five goals.
Warner gave the home side an early lead with a 25-yard free kick that curled over the wall and just out of goalkeeper Rees Hawkins’ reach.
Hawkins was at fault for the second of the night, as his poor clearance allowed Warner to add a second.
Ricky Evans pulled one back for Wakering but Bowers restored their two-goal advantage less than a minute later through Fahad Nyanja.
After the break, Warner added another two to take his tally for the evening to four, before Wakering’s Billy Johnson completed the scoring.
Small is hoping to see his striker firing at Hornchurch on Saturday.
“Brad has been a bit hit and miss of late, but on Saturday and Tuesday he was back to the level that got attention from clubs like Dagenham & Redbridge,” added Small.
“Let’s hope he can carry that kind of form into Saturday.”