SCOTT Oliver says it’s “exciting times” at Hebburn Town as they head into the business end of the campaign.
Hebburn – whose trip to Whickham was called off last week – are 10 points off the promotion places in Northern League Division Two.
However, the fifth-placed side have games in hand on three of the four teams above them, and if they win them, they will be just four points off the top three.
Meanwhile, Hebburn are in the quarter-finals of the Durham Challenge Cup, and will face Wearside League outfit Easington Colliery for a place in the last four on Tuesday.
Hebburn – looking to bounce back to Division One at the first attempt – had to watch on as top three Seaham Red Star, Norton and Stockton Ancients and Washington won last week.
However, manager Oliver insists Town must only concentrate on themselves ahead of tomorrow’s home game against Birtley Town.
He said: “We mustn’t become disheartened by the top three winning. Seaham look like they are going up, so we are chasing Norton and Washington. We must keep our season alive as long as possible.
“We have to beat Birtley tomorrow, and then we play teams near the bottom of the table in February.
“It’s exciting times, with a quarter-final to look forward to on Tuesday as well.”
Craig Malley is expected to return to fitness in two weeks after a hernia injury, while Iain Bickerstaff is still out.
Kick-off is at 3pm at the Hebburn Sports and Social Ground.