DELIGHTED boss GJ Singh believes Barnt Green Spartak’s hard work this season is beginning to pay off.
The Lions, who spent the majority of the early season hovering around the Midland League Division Two relegation zone, have won nine of their last 13 games in all competitions.
And their recent good results in the league have seen them shoot up to 11th in the table, 11 points clear of the drop zone.
But with ten league games still left to fit in, Singh is hopeful the players can pull through and claim a top-eight finish.
“You get nothing for finishing eighth apart from some respectability and I know our squad is more of a top-eight team than a bottom eight team,” he said.
“In a regular season I’d be confident we could break into the top-eight but with all the fixture backlogs I am not sure how things will play out.
“I always said at the start of the season our position at the bottom was false and our recent good run shows that we are a very competitive side.
“How we have been playing recently is how I like my teams to be.
“We are not easily beaten and even in the games we have lost it’s not like we have rolled over.
“It’s going to be hard to keep a regular side out next week with so many games but we want to pick up as many points as possible.”
After taking on champions-elect NKF Burbage on Saturday, Spartak then play host to fellow league rivals Smithswood Firs in the quarter-finals of the Smedley Crooke Memorial Charity Cup on Monday night.
The Lions return to league action just 24 hours later when Bloxwich Town are the visitors to The Coppice Ground – the home of Highgate United – and that is followed by a home game against Montpellier on Thursday evening.
Spartak’s fifth game in seven days comes next Saturday when they travel to Feckenham.