Harrogate Railway manager Billy Miller insists his weary troops have what it takes to ensure a strong finish to the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League.
Railway’s squad has been tested in recent weeks as the club has caught up with fixtures postponed during the heavy winter.
And, despite a 2-1 loss at home to Warrington on Saturday, the boss says his side will be fired up for a rock-hard clash away to New Mills on Saturday (3pm).
Ahead of the Church Lane crunch, Miller said: “I know their manager really well, they are a club pushing for the play-offs, but we will give a good account of ourselves.
“We owe them for the result they got here earlier in the season.”
Miller said: “We have used the same 16 players since November.
“It is a long, hard season for them, but they are a great group of lads to work with.
“They have worked their socks off, so fair play to them.”
The boss hopes a recent spell of disappointing results will not mask the improvements made to the side this season.
He said: “I have been here before, you have a good season but lose three or four games at the end of the season, and it takes away from what you have achieved, and the players don’t deserve that.
“They have worked their socks off to make sure the club is playing Evo-Stik football next season.”
On Saturday, ‘Rail went 2-0 down after just nine minutes, but a much improved second half performance brought a late Nathan Cartman goal.
The manager reflected: “In the first nine minutes we were punished, and it looked like the game was going to get away from us, but they kept going, and in the end probably deserved a draw over the 90 minutes.”