Cambridge City aim to go under the Evo-Stik League South East Division play-off radar

PUBLISHED: 13:33 16 March 2018

Cambridge City manager Robbie Nightingale.

Cambridge City manager Robbie Nightingale.

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Lilywhites hope to make up ground on top six

Robbie Nightingale is targeting a stealth Cambridge City move to break into the Evo-Stik League, South East Division play-off places.

The Lilywhites have had a catalogue of postponed matches since the turn of the year, and are facing a backlog of games in the run-in to the end of the season.

Nightingale, however, has likened the prospect to the opening six weeks of the campaign, and says his side will be ready for the challenge.

“At the beginning of the season you play two games a week until the end of September,” he said.

“Between August and October, we played 12 games so when you factor that in – and we played five in two weeks at the end of August – it isn’t too different, to be honest.

“I’m never one to moan. You can’t help the weather or certain situations and all we have to worry about is what we can deal with.”

Nightingale is hoping City can pick up a head of steam – as they did at the end of last season – to make good their aim of reaching the play-offs.

“When they are on, we have to give ourselves the best chance of winning those games,” he said.

“We’re still in the mix and it’s one of those that we have three games in hand of Chalfont St Peter and are five points behind them.

“The games we’ve got are against teams in the bottom five or six. Our record in those matches have been good since the start of the season.

“And the top six are all playing each other. Over the next few weeks, there are lots of games going on where if we go under the radar picking up wins then we give ourselves every chance.

“We’re a young group of players, a hungry group, and are disappointed with a few of the results we’ve had and want to put things right.

“Hopefully the weather will be kinder to us as we move forward and we might be able to have a run of games where we can pick up some good points to be in and around [the play-offs] in the middle of April.”

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