THE MATCH: Bowers & Pitsea have not given up hopes of a top two finish as the Isthmian North season enters its final throes.

Bowers scored a 90th minute winner to defeat Dereham Town on Tuesday and move to within two points of second-placed Potters Bar Town with a game in hand.

Potters Bar faced Heybridge Swifts last night in a significant match for all involved in the promotion chase, but Bowers are focusing on their own clashes starting with Mildenhall Town.

Safe from relegation, 18th placed Mildenhall have not won any of their last six matches and have been crushed by Brentwood Town and Haringey Borough, 7-1 and 6-0 respectively.

However, wins against Maldon & Tiptree, Barking and Canvey Island among others prove their threat is to be taken seriously.

THE INSIGHT: “The last two results (against Maldon & Tiptree and Dereham) have given us something out of nothing,” said boss Rob Small.

“It is nice to look back on a situation that almost garnished nothing but has given us so much.

“We respect all teams in the division and Mildenhall have impressed me this year. They are new but have acclimatised well.

“We we are not thinking further ahead of getting the result. We know we need two points to secure a play-off place and we can get that done tomorrow.

“To do that would be phenomenal and if we achieve that we can look forward and make new objectives.

“But for now, our focus is solely on Mildenhall.”