Mikey Davis hopes Cambridge City can make late charge for Northern Premier League play-offs
Mikey Davis admits that Cambridge City have half an eye on a late bid to reach the Northern Premier League, Midlands Division play-offs.
The Lilywhites made it five wins out of their six league matches, and seven unbeaten in all competitions, with a 3-1 win over Daventry Town last Saturday.
Goals from Davis, Jarid Robson and Ryan Swift saw off their stubborn opponents at Bridge Road, but they were also grateful to the efforts of keeper Dan George.
“I don’t think we started too great,” said Davis. “DG had to pull off some good saves and they could have easily had three goals through their long throw-in, which was dangerous.
“DG pulled us out again, twice on the line, and one when he hurt his ankle. It’s three great saves, if they go in it’s a different game.
“But the form we’re in, we took our chances and put them to bed. We played really well in the end.
“The hard part about this time of the season is that the pitches are hard to play on so you can’t really get the ball down.
“Our game plan was to put them under pressure in the final third using the long ball, and all of our goals came through that play, putting it in and runners off, picking up second balls, and we did it really well.”
Despite that rocky period around the hour-mark, City did feel in control of the match, without hitting top form.
They have developed a knack of scoring late goals in weeks, against Histon, Soham, Bedworth United and Shepshed Dynamo, and Davis believes that is down to
“We’re all really fit at the moment, we can all play 90 minutes at full max, no-one is really pulling up, we keep runners going in behind and that’s where I feel other teams struggle towards the latter stages of a game,” he said.
“We just run all over them, put them under pressure and nick goals in the later stages.”
It is also helped by the shortening of what at one point felt like a never-ending injury list.
There have been games this season where City have had more of their first-team squad in the stand than on the pitch.
“It was a bit ridiculous really,” said Davis. “At one point, I think we had 10 or 12 in the stands. You are looking around and thinking can anyone come off the pitch to impact the game, but we weathered it quite well and still got results.
“Now everybody is dripping back into the team, we’re just putting teams to bed and playing really well.”
It all bodes well for an outside crack at the play-offs.
City are second in the form table for the past six matches, accruing the same number of points, 16, as the only team above them, Halesowen Town.
That has seen them claw up to ninth in the standings on 38 points, but they are still 12 off fifth-placed Belper Town. However, there are 11 games still to play.
“We just want to win as many games as possible,” said Davis. “We didn’t know what we were coming into. It’s a really tough league with some really good teams, and even in the bottom half you have to play really well to beat them.
“The play-offs is an aim, but we will just see how it goes by taking each game as it comes. If we get there later on in the season, then we get there. If we don’t then we’ve just got to pick up as many points as possible.
“If we keep winning games, then why not? We’ve got a strong group, everyone gets on and the more we win, the better we all feel. We’ll just see where we are at the end of the season.”
City are away to Sporting Khalsa this Saturday (February 5).
Histon suffered a 5-2 defeat at Yaxley last weekend, with Ed Rolph and Rhys Thorpe getting their goals.
The Stutes are at home to Carlton Town this Saturday (February 5).