BEFORE Saturday’s game against Arlesey Town, Steve Massey set his Truro City side the target of a 11th place finish in the Calor League premier division.
And his players seemed to have responded to the challenge with two wins in four days to move up to 18th in the table.
They followed up Saturday’s 2-0 home win over Arlesey with a 2-1 comeback victory at Burnham on Tuesday evening.
It was only the second time this season that City have managed to win two in a row in the league – the only previous occasion was back at the end of October when they defeated AFC Totton and then Hitchin Town.
And Massey is hoping that they can continue the good work at high-flying St Albans on Saturday and further silence what he described as the “doom and gloom merchants”, including he says those from within the club.
He said: “There are sadly, people inside the club who do not have the belief in the squad I and the management have of where we will finish in the league.
“I am disappointed, they are listening to the wrong people, the doom and gloom merchants.
“The time to have any inquest is at the start of May when we have played our 44 games and see where we are then in the table.”
Massey sent out a text to his squad and management team on Friday evening setting them that 11th place target and is confident the team is good enough to achieve it.
“We are more than capable of achieving that, we are starting to make strides forward,” he added.
City are currently five points off 11th, ahead of the difficult trip to third-placed St Albans City, who beat them 7-3 at Treyew Road back in October.
City have not won three league games in a row all season and Saturday’s game at Clarence Park against the Hertfordshire side is going to be a tough test.
St Albans have lost just twice at home all season in the league but City will travel there with some confidence after their wins over Arlesey Town and Burnham.
“We are going there on the back of those wins and we have nothing to lose,” he said.
He is hoping to be able to choose from virtually a full strength squad, though Steve Tully came off against Burnham with a hamstring problem, while Joe Broad suffered a nasty gash on his shin.
Keeper Grant Fisher though is nearing a return after a hip injury.
Club skipper Jake Ash who has missed most of the season with a persistent groin problem is also getting closer to playing again, though Massey did not want to put a specific date on his possible return.