AFC Telford United: We're still battling, says Steve Kittrick

AFC Telford United manager Steve Kittrick
Four of Telford's five away wins this season have come since Steve Kittrick came in on 22 December

AFC Telford United manager Steve Kittrick insists that his Bucks squad have not yet accepted their likely relegation back to Conference North.

Going into Saturday's trip to Dover, the Bucks are 14 points adrift on the bottom of the Conference, where they have been for most of the season.

But, after Tuesday night's 2-0 victory at Braintree, Kittrick said: "We still believe in that dressing room.

"We feel we can still do it. Two or three back-to-back wins does wonders."

Even then, it would need a lot of results elsewhere to go their way. And if they lose at Dover, then it could be all over the following Saturday when they host cash-strapped Kidderminster Harriers.

But the former Guiseley manager added: "The secret is to play with no fear, with a smile on our faces and put some pressure on the teams around us."

Telford have only lost three of their nine Conference away games since Kittrick took charge on 22 December - of which they have won four, at Aldershot, Wrexham, Torquay and Braintree.

But it is their form at the Bucks Head - where they have won only twice this season - that looks likely to send them down.

"I just wish we could do it at home," he said.

BBC Radio Shropshire on the battling Bucks
"Regardless of whether Telford escape the drop or not, the building blocks are there for Steve Kittrick to turn the club's fortunes round next season. His energy and passion for the Bucks is there for everyone to see. The fact he's overseen four league wins away from home just shows the players are still giving him their all, right to the bitter end, even when most people have written them off. He'll look to strengthen the squad in the summer. And, if they do go down, which is very likely, they'll be well placed to mount a serious promotion challenge to bounce straight back into the Conference."Nick Southall (BBC Radio Shropshire's Telford reporter)

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