JOHN Coleman knows six more wins will definitely seal the Conference title for Accrington Stanley - but a victory tomorrow (Sat) at Hereford will go a long way to clinching a Football League return.
It is almost 44 years to the day, on March 12, since Stanley's resignation from the league was accepted and the Reds are now so close to a return.
18 points will take Stanley to 94 points and nearest rivals Hereford can only amass 93 if they win all their games.
"We've got to win six more games to make it mathematically safe, and we'll be striving to do that," said boss Coleman, with 10 games left before tomorrow's top of the table clash. "It's not going to be easy. People keep saying it's over but I don't believe that for one minute. And I know if you give anybody a sniff they'll come at us with all guns blazing."
He joked: "The lads feel as if they are a boyband on tour at the moment, living in and out of hotels and they're always on a bus. But the team spirit's brilliant.
"They all work hard for each other and they're all prepared to put the extra mile in, and I think if you get that spirit it will take you a long way."
Coleman wasn't surprised Hereford battled back with ten men on Tuesday at Gravesend to keep their faint hopes of catching the Reds alive.
"You can't fault Hereford - they've had 10 men at half-time and it's a manful performance.
"But we've said all along, it doesn't really matter what other teams do, it's what we do. It's in our hands how we approach games. It's set it up nicely for tomorrow's game now."
Coleman continued: "If they'd have lost at Gravesend maybe they would have thought it's a bridge too far for them. But they'll be going into the game tomorrow with everything to play for just as we will.
"I'm not bothered about records. If I was I would be celebrating the fact that that's my highest run as a manager winning consecutive games. I had nine in the UniBond and I've managed to get 10 now. But that doesn't bother me. I'm concerned about trying to win the league, and we'll do whatever it takes to try to win that league."
Hereford boss Graham Turner still believes his side's title hopes are alive after finishing second for the last two seasons.
He admitted: "Obviously, we have got to win tomorrow and continue to hope Accrington have a sticky spell.
"We've got to ensure at least enough points for a play-off place. That's the most important thing. There is fierce competition and teams like York are doing really well and we must be aware of that.
"Accrington have gone on and on, but they've been a bit fortunate in one or two games. I've talked to the Accrington manager and he admits they were fortunate against Burton to take all three points.
"It's an incredible run of theirs, but we've had a great run too. We have taken 28 points out of a possible 36. That's a terrific record but Accrington surpassed even that. There is nothing we can do about it.
"All we can do is keep winning our games, particularly tomorrow. It is all we can do."
But he refuses to throw in the towel even if the Bulls lose tomorrow.
"It will look a bridge too far, but you never give up hope. We won't stop thinking we can catch them. Funny things can happen in football. It's unlikely, but you never know.
"All we can possibly do is win the game and look to win the following game.
"Accrington have not got a night game next week. We play Southport on Tuesday, so if we win both that will close the gap to 10 points."