Gary McCann, manager of Ryman League Premier Division club Hendon, looked back with pride at the defeat of Harrow Borough on Easter Monday.
He said: “I am so proud of the group; how they have gone about their work under such pressure. They have given me everything I could have asked for.
“It wasn’t the best of games to watch, but I thought we were very good in the right areas and deserved to win. Our midfield, defence and goalkeeper were immaculate – I think we limited Harrow to two attempts on goal.
“It has been a relentless ten games for us. I did not think that winning our three penultimate games in a row would not have got us clear of danger.
“In fact, if you had offered me twenty-one points out the last twenty-seven available I would have ripped off your hand. But the job is not done yet and we must not fall at the final hurdle on Saturday.
“We are in a great place in terms of our confidence and there has been a real togetherness about us.
“After we lost at Billericay Town, we had thirty-two points from thirty-six games and I gave the players a target from four groups of games, three, three, two and two. I knew fifty points – our target at the start of the season – was not going to be enough, but I thought fifty-one or fifty-two would have sufficed.
“We met the target in each of the first three sets, but even with a win from the first of game of the last pair, it was no enough. It is hard to believe that fifty-three points – or even fifty-four – may not be enough, but that just says how unpredictable the division is”.