Knaresborough Town boss Brian Davey has urged his squad to put promotion thoughts to the back of their mind.
‘Boro slipped to a 3-1 defeat at home to Pontefract Collieries last Saturday, with their only goal coming from forward Steve Bromley.
Davey’s third-placed side travel to relegation-threatened Selby Town on Saturday, a team they beat 2-1 earlier in the season.
The manager said his high flyers’ achievements had led some minds astray.
He said: “Being in the top five or six has probably hindered us a little. It is getting a lot harder because there is expectation now.
“People are talking about us that we have a chance of going up.
“I would like us to relax a bit more and not think about winning it. We need to enjoy the game. If promotion comes, it will come as a bit of a bonus.
“We need to keep people’s feet on the floor. What we have learned this year has been immense and we can take that into next year.”
Davey is aware of the threat 20th placed Selby pose at the weekend after four wins on the bounce.
He said: “Their new players seem to be settled in and they are battling relegation.
“They are not a team you want to play. They definitely don’t want to go down in this league as it’s hard to come back up. I would much rather play a mid-table team with nothing to play for.”
Craig Heard misses out through suspension and Davey said he would start Bromley and Seb Carole up front.
The strikeforce failed to prosper on Saturday as Town slipped to their second defeat in 10 matches.
Colls forward Andrew Catton broke the deadlock within three minutes, as his deflected shot from 20 yards found the net. Town looked to have hit back straight away but Bromley’s strike was offside.
The away side then doubled their advantage on 12 minutes when striker Kingsley Weatherald lobbed Jack Rushworth.
Bromley gave his side hope 10 minutes before half time as he pulled a goal back after turning well to slam home a Heard cross.
But the front three of Bromley, Heard and Carole were guilty of missing opportunities in the second half as Town pressed for an equaliser.
Town were reduced to 10 men late on when Gray saw red for a second caution. Pontefract then sealed victory as Catton broke clear for his second in injury time.
Davey said: “We were disappointed we never got going. If we had won we would have gone into second place and that could have restricted us.”
“We are doing so well people are frightened and playing with a bit of fear.”