EVESHAM United will keep fighting for the “impossible” dream of reaching the play-offs.

Manager Paul Collicutt insists his Robins will not be allowed to throw in the towel despite Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Cirencester Town rendering unlikely any push for the top five.

With four matches left Evesham sit one place outside the coveted places knowing that their destiny is firmly in the hands of others due to giving away games in hand and an inferior goal difference.

Winchester City need 10 points from six games, Ciren eight from five and Moneyfields six from five to definitively see off United but Collicutt reckons the topsy-turvy nature of Southern League Division One South could yet hand his troops one last chance.

“It is squeaky bum time now,” said Collicutt.

“Barnstaple are second bottom and have just done the double over Yate who are pushing for the title, which tells you all you need to know about this league.

“It proves no game is easy, it has been more competitive than any other season in my view.

“We have two home games now and just have to do what we can. If we can perform well and one or two teams drop points you just don’t know what might happen.

“We have to go all out to win these next two to pressure one of two of the other teams.

“By 10-to-five on Easter Monday we will have a good idea of what is going on. We don’t play because it was one we brought forward so the others play their game in hand.

“Having been there many times I know what it is like playing on a Saturday then a Bank Holiday Monday. Some players can recover, others can’t. That could come into the mix.

“Who’s to say we cannot do the impossible? Until it really is impossible you have to keep going and that is what I will be hammering into the players."

Hopes rest on putting relegation-battling Barnstaple to the sword at the Jubilee Stadium on Saturday (3pm).

“It won’t be easy, especially after what they did to Yate. They have a sniff now they are within three points of Mangotsfield,” added Collicutt.

“You have to pay them a lot of respect. They will battle, fight and scrap for everything.”

Will Tunnicliff is likely to miss the rest of the season through injury, while Linden Dovey is “60-40 against” featuring this weekend.