Joint boss feels March Town are punching above their weight against the UCL Premier Division South big boys
Joint boss Seb Hayes says March Town are punching above their weight in the UCL Premier Division South promotion race.
Although the Hares are second in the table on merit - and their aim still remains to reach the play-offs this season - Hayes feels too much is being expected of his side compared to some of the bigger clubs in the division.
A last-minute goal condemned March to their second defeat in five days, 3-2 at home to GNG Oadby on Saturday.
Speaking after their latest setback, Hayes said: "I think that there has to be a sense of realism and I think people get carried away with where this club is at.
"Of course we're ambitious and we want to try to do things, but people have to realise we're not blessed compared to them top teams, so there has to be a little bit of realism.
"We're punching above our weight, so to speak. We're not going to say all because of the budget is not as big as other teams we can't win anything, that's not our mentality, but the realism is we're not going to win every game of football.
"I think we've created an environment where people feel like we are going to go and blow teams away 5-0 every week but it's just not going to happen.
"We've had to scrap and have had to fight until the last minute. The last games we've won, we've had to work tremendously hard to get anything from the game. No game has been easy."
Hayes says it is about everyone sticking together and fighting hard to earn every point possible in their quest for a play-off spot.
"We've got to stick together, fight hard and hopefully it will turn again," he said.
"You've always one game away from a bad run and always one game away from a good run.
"It's about going on another run. We've got to dig deep, score goals, and keep clean sheets. If we get it right, it won't take long to go on a run and if we don't get it right then we start again."
Hayes was disappointed with aspects of Saturday's latest defeat.
"We said to lads over the next 10 games that we really needed to be at it and that will shape where we are," he said.
"Well, we are seven games into that now and we were unbeaten for the first five.
"We've lost two out of the 12, so that's not a problem. When we play badly is about trying not to lose.
"You know, we had that spirit against Histon to turn a defeat into a draw. When you've got a draw, you don't lose it. You turn it into three points.
"Today we've turned that game into no points."
Tonight, March Cambs County League Premier Division leaders Great Shelford in the First Round of the Cambridgeshire Invitation Cup, before travelling to mid-table Easington Sports for a league game on Saturday.