Proud-as-punch Craig Davis reckons steering Fleet Town to safety is the best achievement of his football career.
Davis’ men followed up a battling 0-0 draw at Bridgwater Town on Saturday with a 2-1 derby day success at home to Godalming Town on Easter Monday, meaning they cannot now be caught by rivals Guildford City in the battle to avoid finishing at the bottom of the table.
And after the resignation of Thatcham Town from the Southern League two weeks ago, it means the Blues have been saved from a drop back into Step 5 football, subject to FA ratification.
“It was a huge result for us,” a relieved but delighted Davis said after the Godalming game.
“I have had some big football achievements in my career but this is up there as one of my biggest.
"I’m chuffed to bits of course, and couldn’t be prouder of what my lads have done to stay off the bottom of the league.
“Everyone had written us off through the season, being eight points adrift a couple of times. But we continued to believe and our remarkable team spirit has got us through in the end.”
The Godalming win came courtesy of an 18th-minute penalty from Davis himself after Godalming defender Lee Wieley had blocked a cross from Simba Mlambo with his hand.
This was followed by a 50th-minute screamer from 17-year-old striker Jack White after the visitors had been reduced to 10 men when G's skipper Gavin Miller – a former Fleet player – saw red for a two-footed challenge in the 37th minute.
Despite the man disadvantage, Godalming hit back in the 80th minute when Jack Mazzone’s 35-yard blast flew into the top corner of the net.
But it was too little too late as Davis’ men closed out the game confidently to secure the invaluable three points and spark mass celebrations.
Fleet now go into their final game of the S&W season on Saturday at Tiverton Town before contesting the Basingstoke Senior Cup semi-final at Aldermaston next Monday night.
If successful, Davis’ men will contest the final two days later at Tadley Calleva, ko 7.45pm.
Seats are still available for supporters on the team bus at £10 a seat. The coach leaves Calthorpe Park at 10.15am.