Nelson boss Steve Cunningham admits the job in hand is still to avoid finishing in the bottom two of the North West Counties First Division – even though the Admirals have learned they can not be relegated.
Steve Cunningham’s side are on the brink of “a small miracle” after moving within two points of escaping what was designated as the drop zone.
The Blues are two adrift of St Helens Town, with a game in hand, and four behind Bacup Borough, who have played four fewer.
Considering Cunningham took over with the side in dire straits – 22 points from the safety line – they have turned their fortunes around dramatically, despite still occupying bottom spot.
However, the league will be restructured next season, moving to a north and south section, after taking in 12 new clubs.
And Cunningham said: “We’re on the brink of a small miracle. When I came in, we were 22 points from safety, and now it’s two with four to play. If I was offered that at the time, I’d certainly have taken it! The lads have done us proud.
“We won’t be relegated, as 12 new clubs will come into the league and there will be a north/south split, but I hadn’t told the players.
“We found out recently, but we want to finish outside the relegation zone either way.
“That was the job when I came in, and it’s still the job in hand.”
After losing 4-0 at home to Prestwich Heys on Saturday, Nelson drew 0-0 at home to FC Oswestry Town non Monday night.
And Cunningham is looking for three wins from the last four games, with the penultimate game at home to Whitchurch Alport something of a “free hit”.
Nelson are at Eccleshall tomorrow, before a trip to Abbey Hulton United on Tuesday.
Next Saturday sees Whitchurch visit Little Wembley, and Nelson finish at home to Atherton LR on Monday, May 7th.
Cunningham is in positive mood: “It’s about taking this form into next season – if we had been here all season, we could have been in the play-offs. We still have to add to the squad, but we’re busy doing that. I’ve had some nice compliments as well. and a couple of job offers, but I’ll be here next season.”