Shildon manager Gary Forrest flashed a message to the rest of the title aspirants for the Ebac Northern League first division championship crown after his side had recorded a 2-0 victory over Ashington on Friday.
He said: “Don’t rule us out of the championship race.”
Forrest’s side are third from top, a point adrift of Spennymoor – who have two games in hand over the Railwaymen – and three behind current leaders Celtic Nation who have played two games more as the campaign approaches what should be a grand and thrilling climax.
An upbeat Forrest said: “Our win keeps the pressure at the top.
“We know the reality is that we are going to have to win our last five games and hope the likes of Spennymoor drop some points along the way, but I think if we can take a maximum haul we can be there or thereabouts, and I am not ruling out our chances for the title.”
Ashington put a spoke in Shildon’s title bid back in late October when the Colliers turned in an outstanding display which earned them a 3-2 win.
“I was not at that game but I heard that Ashington had played well,” said Forrest.
“However, tonight, I thought it was a good solid professional performance by us.
“We set a decent tempo to start with and I was delighted with the way we went about things because Ashington are a good side who are in the top six.”
Forrest was pleased as his side saw the game out.
He added: “I thought we were comfortable at 1-0 and I told the lads at half-time to keep doing what they had been doing.
“We then scored early in the second half, and when we did I noticed the Ashington lads’ heads go down.
“This is a tough place to come, but we have played out the rest of the game, to be honest.
“We haven’t over committed or gone chasing the third goal but attacked when we could whilst we got bodies behind the ball and seen out a 2-0 victory. I’m delighted.”