VAUXHALL Motors may still be sitting in the relegation zone after not playing on Saturday, but chairman Alan Bartlam still has faith that they can pull themselves out of trouble without relying in the financial troubles of their rivals.
Northwich Victoria are the latest Blue Square North side to stand on the precipice of financial disaster after Farsley Celtic’s record was expunged and if Vics were wound up and kicked out of the league it would give Carl Macauley’s side – who are second from bottom having played significantly more games than their rivals – a much improved chance of survival.
Motors have five games left to decide their season but Bartlam is convinced that the Rivacre Park outfit will be masters of their own destiny come the end of the season.
“We have just five games left to pull ourselves out of the relegation places and we know it will not be an easy task – but it can be done,” he said.
“Results throughout this season have seen us doing really well against the leading clubs in the division, as we proved again in our last game at Northwich, but failing to defeat the teams in the lower reaches. That has been our downfall – but could also be our salvation.”
Motors’ game on Saturday is at Southport. Featuring former Motorman Rob Marsh-Evans, Southport have faltered recently after looking like they would run away with the title at one stage and the Motormen will be keen to capitalise on their jitters.
“Our next few games are decent sides, Southport, Stafford and Stalybridge,” said Bartlam.
“On paper we would not have much of a chance but we have been defying the odds against these sorts of clubs all season, so why not carry on the trend?”