Blue Square Bet
Published 27th April 2012
....exactly that for Maidenhead United.
Anything but a victory at York Road will see the Magpies relegated from the Blue Square Bet South following a season of massive ups and downs.
Even a win will not be enough for them to beat the drop, should Havant & Waterlooville triumph at Staines Town.
It all adds up to an afternoon of nerves and tension at York Road, and Magpies boss Johnson Hippolyte knows just how important it is for the club.
“It’s massive,” he said. “It’s a huge game for us. We need to take care of our business and then hope lady luck is on our side.
“The boys are ready for it. The mood is good and they know how important it is.
“We need to go out there and do everything we can to get the win.
“It’s all come down to Saturday’s game. We’ll go out there and give it our best shot.”
With so much balancing on the clash, Hippolyte knows how vital the opening stages of the game are.
United, who have struggled for goals all season, can’t afford to concede early on to an Eastleigh side who are sitting safely in mid-table.
“We’ve already spoken about that,” said Hippolyte. “I’ve reminded the players that the game will be about 95 minutes long.
“It won’t be won or lost in the first few minutes unless we’re stupid.
“We have to stay calm and start the game properly. We have to defend well and give ourselves a chance.”
United go into Saturday’s game sitting in the final relegation position.
They sit one point behind Havant who have lost their last three games to give Maidenhead hope.
The Magpies were also boosted by Hampton & Richmond Borough, who sit twenty-first, losing to Basingstoke on Tuesday night.
“That was the first result we needed this week to start our great escape,” said Hippolyte.
“But we can’t worry ourselves about what is going on elsewhere on Saturday.
“It’s down to us to win our game, once we’ve done that then we can start to think about what has happened at Havant.”