Horsham player-manager Gary Charman has made it clear that he does not expect to hear the word relegation again this season.
His side picked up their first away points of the season on Tuesday night away at high flying Whyteleafe to keep them out of the bottom in the Ryman League South Division.
With a number of the bottom sides winning, it was a crucial three points.
With their early-season injury woes and absentee list easing, things are looking up for Horsham, and Charman doesn’t want his side to fall into the relegation places again.
He said: “We are getting there although I still, and the players won’t mind me saying this, had out my strongest 11 out what with people away and injuries and the likes.
“There is still more to come, but if we can compete against teams like Whyteleafe away from home, we’re fine.
“It was a massive three points as we did not want to drop back into the bottom three. I have said to the players, that I do not want to be in there again this season.
“It is massively close from midtable all the way down to the bottom three.
“There are 10 or 11 teams all three or four points apart and with a home game and some tough games, I think we’ll start to pull away as we play better against the better sides.”
Charman is, however, aware his side need to turn in full 90-minute performances as they have too often trailed off in the second half this year.
He added: “Every game in this league is very difficult and anyone can beat anyone. Tuesday proved that as five of the bottom eight won against good sides.
“If we do not turn up with the right attitude, we are going to lose games. We do always turn up like that, apart from against Redhill, but we have got to turn that in for the whole 90 minutes. We were better on Tuesday, but there is still more to work on in the second half.”