POSITIVE Farnborough Town chief Graham Westley believes his side can still launch a title challenge despite their inconsistent start to the season.
Westley's men are currently 14th in the Conference table, 14 points behind leaders Yeovil but only six off the relegation zone — a position not helped by Saturday's disappointing 2-0 home defeat by Nuneaton.
But the boss believes a new 25-game season starts here, and if Boro can win that, then the sky's the limit.
He said: "It is now a 25-game league and if we can top that league then it will be interesting to see what that means. Certainly, if we don't top that league then we won't win the Championship!
"It is clear that what we are doing isn't good enough. So we've got to get better. I'm taking a number of steps to change things; some relate to individuals, some relate to the team environment; some relate to the way we play. Hard work always precedes success."
Westley is well aware what is required to achieve success this season. The Conference champions over the last three years have won with points totals of 85, 86 and 84, while the fifth-place team (and subsequent play-off entry this season) have amassed 67, 68 and 67.
Consistency is now the key.
Westley takes his troops to Gravesend & Northfleet on Saturday — a club in a very similar situation to his own.
Last season's Ryman League champions have made an average start to their season — currently lying one place above Boro with the same points.
The good news, however, is that Westley is hoping to include strike duo Ken Charlery and Joff Vansittart after their recent bouts of injury, plus winger Tony Taggart, who was due to figure in Wednesday's reserve team game against Yeading, which was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
Westley added: "I've managed four Farnborough teams against Gravesend; winning twice at home and losing twice away — so at least I know what not to do when playing down there! I've made some ghastly errors. Gravesend had a terrific season last year and they've had the same start as us this year.
"They have always been organised, robust and lively; this team is no different. But if we play to our potential on the day then I believe that we will win the game."
The Kent club have lost their last three league and cup games, but in striker Che Stadhart — 10 goals so far this season — and former Aldershot Town midfielder Mark Bentley, have two players to look out for.
Boro are again without skipper Steve Watson, who serves out his two-match ban.