Gloucester City midfielder Chris Knowles believes that the Tigers can get 12 points from their last four games of the National League North season.
Knowles, 30, has played a key part of the Tigers success this campaign and has earned plaudits from fans and management alike, with some supporters going as far to say he has been the player of the season.
With just four games left to go in the 2016/17 campaign, the Tigers look set to finish in the top half for the first time in four seasons and Knowles believes the team has what it takes to gain maximum points from the remaining matches.
“We know we’ve got the record number of points for Gloucester City at this level now but the aim is still ‘can we finish as high as possible?'” said Knowles.
“For us it’s just about keeping a bit of momentum and maybe trying out a few new things with two games in three days on Saturday and Monday. If we’re on our game though, I think we could take 12 points from 12.
“They’re all difficult games though with Stalybridge and Boston within three days of each other. Then we go into the last two games of the season with Chorley and Stockport who’ll be looking for something to try and get into the play-offs, so they won’t be easy either.”
Knowles has spent a large chunk of the season out with injuries and admits that it has been a difficult campaign for him.
“For me this season has been frustrating with injuries but when I have been playing I’ve loved it. I’ve had a great season when I’ve been out there and so my aim for next season is to stay fit throughout it.
“I broke my metatarsal for the second time back in September and that was a long old process to get back fit. I came back, felt good and got back into the team before my groin went, which was very frustrating.
“Then off the back of that my cartilage went in my left knee so we’ll see how that plays out at the end of the season and throughout the summer.”
Looking ahead to the 2017/18 campaign, Knowles highlighted the key aim is to build on the successes of what is one of the youngest squads in the National League North.
“Every year you try and build on what you’ve got” said Knowles. “If we can keep the majority of the lads together then it’s very much a case of ‘what can we achieve?’ because at the moment every year is just aiming to get safety first and push from there.
“Obviously next season with the move to Evesham that will affect attendances and until we get home it will be difficult to push the club onwards, but who knows what can happen if we keep this squad together and get the fans behind us.”
The Tigers host Stalybridge Celtic on Saturday 15 April at Whaddon Road, kick-off at 15:00.