Horsham joint-manager Cliff Cant has told his players they need to stand up and be counted if they want to stay in the Ryman League South Division.
The Hornets’ winless league run was extended to nine matches on Saturday as they fell to a 2-0 home defeat against Whitstable.
That loss now leaves them seven points adrift of safety with seven matches left of the season.
Despite such a precarious position Cant is confident the Hornets can pull off the great escape.
He said: “I feel as a squad we have what it takes to remain in this division.
“Obviously, if you look at the league table and our recent form it’s going to be a struggle but we believe in ourselves.
We have a very young squad here and some of the more experienced players need to stand up and be counted. The position we find ourselves in is a very difficult one but I’m hoping we will put in a fight to remain in this league.Cliff Cant
“We have been in the vast majority of matches of late but mistakes have cost us.
“The rub of the green is not going for us and we just cannot get that win. I think if we can get that elusive victory, though, we are in with a chance of survival.”
Horsham travel to Hastings United this Saturday knowing that anything less than all three points will leave them teetering on the brink of the drop.
They go into the match off the back of a 6-2 friendly defeat to County League side Littlehampton on Tuesday night where they fielded five youth team players.
Cant is hoping his players can secure a much-needed success and kick-off a survival push.
He added: “It’s pretty simple for us now we must win all of our remaining matches.
“We have not set ourselves a point tally to try and reach it’s just about winning games of football.
“We have a very young squad here and some of the more experienced players need to stand up and be counted. The position we find ourselves in is a very difficult one but I’m hoping we will put in a fight to remain in this league.”