Bootle caretaker manager Chris Stammers insists that their next clash with Newcastle Town is a massive game.
Town visit the Berry Street Garage on Saturday as they eye just their second win of the season.
But Bootle come into the clash buoyed by the level of performances against Northern Premier League promotion hopefuls where they pushed them to the very brink and on another day could’ve been in the hat for the Second Round Qualifying.
Both sides are separated by a place in the league table, level on goal difference.
Stammers is aware of the magnitude of the game against travelling Staffordshire side.
“We’ve got a big massive game on Saturday,” he told Off The Park.
“Hopefully the lads are ready for it and apply themselves like the last two games they’re giving themselves the best opportunity.
“I think they’re getting used to what the leagues all about.
“I think the intensity levels they’re getting used to they’re understanding that they’ve got to play with no fear and play the Bootle way which is what we’re trying to emphasise.
“If they can go out and do that against teams within our division and perform like they did against an FC United, who will be up there in the top six of the Premier Division, they’re giving themselves the best opportunity and it’s all we can ask.
“There’s obviously change at the club, Joe’s done an amazing job during his tenure. All we’re trying to do is carry that on and see where that takes us.
“They’re [Newcastle Town] at the wrong end of the table, it’ll be a tough game.
“We’ve got three games now that I’m looking out seven points is what we’re targeting. I think it’s important that we get a big performance against Bootle and carry on giving the lads confidence.
“They’ve shown character over the last two games, if we can get them to start believing and having confidence I’m hoping we’ll have a positive result, it’ll be tough there’s no doubt about that.
“They’ll be coming looking to pick up points.”