Benterman is aiming for four victories

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Halstead Town manager Mark Benterman is aiming for maximum points from his side’s final four games of the season, writes Alex Moss.

The Humbugs (fourth) are five points adrift of third place Great Yarmouth Town in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division table.

And with just four games left of the season for his side to try to close the gap on the top three promotion places, Benterman admits Halstead will need to win all their remaining fixtures to stand a chance of going up.

“We’ve been on a fantastic run and have put ourselves five points off Yarmouth with 12 points left to play for,” said the Humbugs boss, whose side host Stowmarket Town on Saturday (3pm), before visiting local rivals Cornard United on Tuesday (7.45pm).

“We’ve got to get maximum points from our last four games and we’ll have done the best we can.

“If that doesn’t get us in the top three then it has still been a fantastic season. The players can be proud of what they’ve achieved.

“It’s not in our hands. We’ll try and pick up 12 points and there’s not any more we can do than that.”

Sam Cripps scored the winner for the Humbugs in their 1-0 win at Haverhill Borough last Friday, which saw them stretch their winning run to four games.

“If promotion is not meant to be then we’ll go again next season,” Benterman said. “This is the best group I’ve had and the players have all agreed to stay.”

n In the Premier Division, Long Melford (seventh) entertain Newmarket Town on Saturday (3pm), before visiting Godmanchester Rovers on Wednesday (7.45pm).

n Hadleigh United (ninth) travel to promotion chasers Stanway Rovers on Saturday (3pm), while in the First Division Cornard host Haverhill tomorrow (7.45pm).