Fleet's battle to avoid relegation stalled after two narrow defeats in four days left them stranded at the foot of the Calor S&W Div One table.

But the 1-0 defeat on Saturday against Taunton and the 2-1 defeat against league leaders, Merthyr Town on Tuesday has not dampened Fleet boss Craig Davis’ belief that his side will be picking up points again soon.

“The lads put in a fantastic effort tonight and for long periods we bossed the league leaders. It’s always disappointing to lose, but the performance has given the boys even more belief in how good they are and how good they can be,” Davis said.

“I just need them to take that belief into the vital last quarter of the season which will be crammed into the next few weeks.”

With four of their remaining 13 league games to be played over the next 10 days, Davis’ men face a tough task. But with the first three of those games being against sides in the bottom half of the table, the Fleet boss is sure his side’s confidence from recent performances will be turned into points.

“It was no disgrace to be gallant losers tonight. We just have to keep battling away and take these recent performances into the next games,” Davis added.

First up for Fleet on Saturday is a trip to Evesham United, followed on Monday night with the eagerly-awaited visit of rivals Guildford City to Calthorpe Park.

Simba Mlambo’s 29th-minute strike gave Fleet hope of pulling off a shock on Tuesday night after Kayne McLaggon had given the Welsh visitors the lead on 19 minutes.

But a controversial penalty decision just after the re-start gave McLaggon a second goal and his side the lead.

Fleet, though, continued to press with Alex Charlick and Jack French both forcing keeper Lee Idzi into saves, while Jack White lashed a 20-yard strike against the bar.

It was much the same story on Saturday when a 79th-minute winner from Taunton’s Ross McNab was enough to earn the Somerset side all three points.

Nat Pepperell earlier missed a penalty for Taunton, while Fleet defender Dan Rousell had an effort cleared off the line.

FLEET: Pryce, Scott, (Byres 68), Blaxall, Ben White, Gator, Rousell, Charlick, Davis, Mlambo, French, Carr, (J White, 73); Subs: Staines, B Stanley, Carter.