BALA Town boss Colin Caton has not yet given up hope that his side will secure a top-six Welsh Premier League spot by the time the mid-season split arrives, writes SHAUN DAVIES of the Denbighshire Free Press.
'Never say never' appears to be Caton's motto as the Lakesiders enter a vital stage of the campaign.
"Top-six is going to be tricky, but you never know," admitted the Bala manager.
"There's still a lot of points to play for. If we won three or four on the trot, you never know."
Last weekend's fine 2-1 success at home to Prestatyn Town saw the men from Maes Tegid climb out of the Welsh Premier League's relegation zone and Caton is in a positive frame of mind as the December programme draws near.
"It was an excellent win for us against Prestatyn and we thoroughly deserved it in the second half," he reflected.
Apart from The New Saints, Airbus UK Broughton and Carmarthen Town, the remainder of the sides in the league appear to be on a similar level.
"There's nine teams that are not far from each other," added Caton. "The table never lies, but performance-wise we are playing well.
"If games were on possession and chances, we would win those games."
There's nine teams that are not far from each other. The table never lies, but performance-wise we are playing well.
Another positive is the return of Tony Davies to the Bala ranks after injury, with the centre back making appearances off the bench against Carmarthen Town and Prestatyn Town in recent weeks.
"It's important he is progressing," said Caton. "I didn't think he would play again this year.
"Michael Murphy the physio has been putting him through a gruelling regime."
Bala still have games against fellow bottom-six sides Rhyl, Gap Connah's Quay and Afan Lido to look forward to before the mid-season split is conducted and Caton added: "People are saying that we are having a bad season, but we are still in the Welsh Cup, we are in the League Cup final for the first time ever and we have still got a chance of a European play-off at the end of the season.
It could have gone either way in a lot of games this season. The football we have been playing has been outstanding. It's just a shame we haven't had the results."
This weekend's contest is a testing trip to Airbus UK Broughton, who stand second in the table, just three points adrift of frontrunners The New Saints. Friday is going to be difficult," he admitted.
"I rate Airbus highly. I've got total respect for Andy Preece and Andy Morrison, but they have got a big catchment area there."