Diss Town manager Mark Reeve has conceded defeat to relegation rivals FC Clacton tomorrow (3pm) would all but consign his side to the drop.
With the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division season entering its final stages, The Tangerines find themselves teetering on the edge of relegation, sitting second-bottom, eight points adrift of tomorrow’s opponents having played a game more and a further point behind Wivenhoe Town outside the drop zone.
And ahead of the critical clash, Reeve has admitted defeat to his good friend and former Diss Town assistant manager David Coyle tomorrow would make Monday’s trip to 16th-placed Thetford Town (3pm) irrelevant with his side’s fate as good as sealed.
“Saturday’s match now has even more pressure and the issue with it is that it has become an all-or-nothing game,” he said.
“I know David pretty well, he works for me and so I may have to sack him if he beats me, I haven’t decided yet.
“Both the next two games are big. Thetford were doing a lot better but seem to be dropping now so perhaps that gives us a good chance.
“However, after Saturday it could be an irrelevant game if we lose to Clacton. But if we win then we have to go there as well and get a result.
“If we lose on Saturday, Monday and the rest of the season game is as good as irrelevant in my eyes.
“Neither of us may not catch Wivenhoe meaning we could both end up going down. But to give us a chance of staying up we have to have that third-from-bottom position.
“Things are incredibly tough but I still think four wins from the last five may give us a chance of doing that.
“The players will stick together because as a group we feel we are better than where we are in the league but that is the way it goes unfortunately.”
Diss head into the hectic Easter period on the back of a 2-2 draw with high-flying Newmarket Town on Saturday after a brace from Matt Dixon helped cancel out goals from Mark Webster and Lee Clift.
However, with FC Clacton securing an emphatic 4-1 win over Fakenham, their second successive win, Reeve was left to admit that his side’s fate is very much out of their hands as they rely on others.
“I think we had the opportunities to win the game and that is disappointing,” he added.
“We caused them more trouble and after equalising had the better chances without scoring and that could cost us in the end.
“Clacton have had two games in which they should probably not have won but have which is credit to them.
“We are relying on teams to do us favours and anyone playing Clacton we need to play with integrity, but perhaps that has not been the case recently.
“The key difference is they have got a forward (Aaron Condon) on around 20 goals this season which relieves a lot of pressure on their them.
“We don’t have that and so we know we might only score once or twice in a game meaning we pretty much need a clean sheet.
“We have been competitive this season but just haven’t won enough.”