Breaking the record is not in our thoughts, says Yate assistant boss Michael Meaker
ASSISTANT boss Michael Meaker says breaking a post-war record is the last thing on the minds of Yate Town players ahead of their clash with Cirencester Town tomorrow.
The Bluebells, who have climbed from the foot of the table to the verge of the play-offs on the back of a superb run of form, will claim their eighth straight league victory if they are successful against Brian Hughes's fellow promotion-chasers at the Corinium Stadium.
"I'm not really a records and statistics man, so that is not something we have mentioned to the players," said Meaker.
"It's hard to stop people talking about things like that, but there is a danger that concentrating too much on breaking records takes the focus away from just trying to win a game.
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"Breaking a record would be an achievement, of course, but if we don't achieve anything come the end of the season, it would mean very little."
A place in the play-offs has emerged as a realistic ambition on the back of a 12-game unbeaten run, which has taken Rob Cousins' side to within four points of the top five.
The promotion-chasing bandwagon gained further momentum last Saturday after an incredible five-goal haul from striker Scott Wilson inspired Cousins' side to a 6-1 mauling of Winchester City at Lodge Road.
"Scott has done well for us since we signed him at the turn of the year," said Meaker. "To score five goals in any game is a fantastic effort, but Saturday's victory was really about the performance of the team as a whole.
"The boys are playing some attractive football at the moment and the morale around the place is very good.
"The players deserve a lot of credit for making that happen, but so do our backroom staff, who have also worked extremely hard and sometimes go unnoticed.
"We are working hard to keep the players feet on the ground, however, because it is easy to get carried away in these situations. We have to remember we haven't achieved anything yet."
Cousins is without defender Ollie Barnes (away) and goalkeeper Josh Dempsey, who is likely to be sidelined for around a month after having an operation to repair a troublesome knee.
Paulton Rovers are in pole position to claim one of the four play-off spots after moving into the top five for the first time this season with a 1-0 win at Bishop's Cleeve on Wednesday.
Nick Bunyard's side claimed a hard-fought victory courtesy of James Billing's third-minute goal as they bounced back from having a nine-match unbeaten league run ended at Sholing on Saturday.
Paulton host leaders Hungerford Town at Winterfield Road tomorrow, where Bunyard is hoping to recall defender Stuart Pearson. However, striker Bradley Norris has been recalled by parent club Bath City.
Clevedon Town boss Mickey Bell says his players need to find a way to turn draws into wins if they are to enhance their promotion prospects.
Bell's side played out a 0-0 stalemate with play-off chasing rivals Wimborne Town on Saturday to extend their unbeaten run to five games – although four of those have been draws.
"We had one of those days at Wimborne," said Bell. "We dominated the game for long spells, but just couldn't get the goal that would have set us on our way.
"It was one of our best performances of the season, but the Wimborne goalkeeper made four or five outstanding saves.
"We're in good form, but it is important we try to find a way to turn these draws into wins going into the business end of the season."
Clevedon host an improving Sholing at the Hand Stadium tomorrow and Bell has a fully-fit squad to choose from.
Mangotsfield United boss Richard Thompson welcomes four players back into his squad ahead of tomorrow's clash with Shortwood United at Cossham Street.
Goalkeeper Kevin Sawyer, striker Marcus Duharty and defensive duo Shaun Lamb and Lee Marshall all return after missing Wednesday night's 2-2 draw at Taunton Town.
"I was disappointed," said Thompson. "You'd usually take a point away at Taunton before the game. We conceded two horrendous goals, however, and were the architects of our own downfall."