Striker Jordan Burrow believes it’s now or never for FC Halifax Town in their bid to beat the drop.
Town are approaching the halfway point in their season and are six points adrift of safety, but moved off the bottom of the table after last Saturday’s 4-2 win against Dover.
That was only their fourth win in 22 league games, form which Burrow admits is unacceptable, with the Town forward keen to see The Shaymen build on back-to-back victories over Gateshead and Dover.
“It was really pleasing to get the win on Saturday,” Burrow said, “that’s two on the bounce now, which we haven’t done before this year.
“We need to keep going, not get carried away but use this momentum now and keep pushing forward.
“I think we’ve always had confidence in each other that we could get results but it’s now or never really.
“We need to start collecting points and have a good second-half to the season because the first-half’s not been acceptable by any stretch.
“We’re second-bottom and we need to keep picking results up now to get out of the mess we’re in.”
Last weekend’s win was only Halifax’s second in front of their own fans since February.
Burrow praised the support of the Town faithful under difficult circumstances and wants the team to provide a season of good cheer heading into the festive period.
“The fans have not had much to cheer but they’re guaranteed to see goals when they come here!” said Burrow after the six goals last Saturday made it 23 in Town’s last four home matches.
“I don’t know which net they’re going in though.
“I’m glad they all stayed at the end on Saturday to give us a cheer - they’ve been fantastic.
“They keep paying their money to come and watch us when we’ve been in this poor run of form.
“At Gateshead there were loads of them and there was another good turnout on Saturday.
“I think they’ve been brilliant and we should all acknowledge that.
“They’ve not turned against us and we need to keep them on-side and we’ll turn it around.”
Burrow has started every game for Halifax this season and his goal against Dover took his tally so far to 13, his highest in a single season as a professional.
The former Lincoln man netted 10 last season for The Imps, with a third of his appearances coming from the bench.
“I’ve always had confidence in myself that I could score goals,” he said.
“I just needed that belief from someone that I could play every game.
“I still got double-figures last year and played the first 20-odd games, although after Christmas I was in and out of the team.
“I’ve started every game this year, which is what you need as a striker.
“I’ve repaid the managers that have played me and scored 13 already, which is a good return as we’re only just in December.
“I want a few more though so I’m not done yet.”
Fellow front-man Shaun Tuton has now notched seven goals in his last three appearances after his brace last Saturday, and Burrow is delighted to see his team-mate get among the goals.
“Shaun’s been brilliant,” he added. “Seven goals in three games speaks for itself.
“I’m made up for Shaun because he works his socks off every week and hopefully me and him can keep scoring.
“If he doesn’t get player of the month I think something’s wrong!
“It’s an unbelievable vein of form.
“He poses a threat all the time. He’s quick, he’s direct and centre-halves don’t like playing against him.
“He’ll take you on, he’ll have a shot and he’s strong as well.
“He’s done well but we need to keep him grounded and not let him get carried away.”