IAN McDonald believes that Saturday's landmark victory at Kettering has transformed the feeling in the dressing room at Farnborough Town as the players prepare to go into another crunch weekend in the race to avoid the drop.

The 4-1 win at Rockingham Road was their first league success since Boxing Day and first on the road since September 28, and brought a huge sigh of relief to everyone connected with the club.

Those precious three points, coupled with the sudden demise of some of Boro's rivals, has literally turned the relegation dogfight into an almighty scrap with no fewer than TEN teams now looking over their shoulder.

But while the Kettering result is a step in the right direction for Macca's men, it has to be forgotten now, as attentions are turned to another massive game this weekend when high-fliers Morecambe make the long trip to Cherrywood Road (ko 3pm).

Macca said: "It's amazing what a win can do. Since I've been at the club we've had the effort and ability but not won. Saturday, it all came together and hopefully now that can give us the confidence to go into these crucial last five matches, although, to be honest, we shouldn't be in this position in the first place.

"That one win does so much when it's as tight as it is down the bottom. It eases the pressure on us a little bit but increases it on your rivals. With Telford losing at Stevenage on Monday night, it sucks them back down into it, while Leigh lost also.

"We've got five cup finals left, bigger games than Arsenal, and if we continue where we left off Saturday, I'm sure we would have put this thing to bed before the Nuneaton game on the last Saturday of the season.

"Obviously it's nice to win but we concentrate on not getting beaten. If we stay unbeaten from now until the end of the season, we will stay up, I'm sure."

Macca is well aware of the task that faces his side this Saturday — a Morecambe side looking to consolidate their Conference Play-Off place.

The Shrimps, renowned for their crisp football, have lost just one of their last ten Conference matches, at Gravesend three weeks ago, and although their away record is not all that impressive, the Gravesend defeat was their first in six on the road.

Victory over Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday saw them climb to fourth in the table, while the goalscorers that day, Adriano Rigoglioso and Wayne Curtis offer plenty of threat up front.

Macca added: "I've had them watched and will be studying the report later in the week. Morecambe are renowned for their football but their away record is not the best and we'll be looking to exploit that. We've broken our duck away from home, now we'll be going all out to doing it at home."

The good news for Macca is that he has no fresh injury worries, which means that key loan midfielder Geoff Pitcher survived his first 83 minutes from a hamstring pull at Kettering on Saturday and is set to figure again alongside Lenny Piper and Garry Butterworth in an unchanged midfield three.

Macca has revealed, however, that untried youngster Mark Ayres has broken a bone in his foot and will not figure again this season.

l Boro striker Rocky Baptiste took one step closer to a career in the Football League after turning on a man-of-the-match display for Southend United reserves against Crystal Palace on Tuesday afternoon.

Baptiste, who has been in talks with a number of professional clubs in recent weeks, impressed Shrimpers chiefs with a goal and an assist in a 2-1 victory, and looks set to feature in the side once again as he decides his future.