MIKEY Harris’s young guns are striving to achieve the highest points total Salisbury City have ever gained in the Conference Premier with victory at relegation worriers Chester FC on Saturday in front of the cameras.
The City club are on course for surpassing the 68 sum accumulated in the 2007/8 season, after victory in their penultimate clash with Welling United has put them on 66.
At the age of 29, Harris is on the verge of overlapping the target Nick Holmes set during his long-term spell as boss.
“It’s going to be a tough game and we do have that record to play for, which is nice as people will argue we don’t having anything to play for. Well, believe me we certainly have.
“We’ve got that record we all want to achieve and as I’ve said to the lads there’s a lot of uncertainty flying round the club, no one knows what the future holds, so it’s important they put a performance in for themselves and keep building those wins on their CV.”
“There are a great group of hardcore fans who follow us home and away and back us brilliantly. I can’t thank them enough, all I would say is we need to grow that fanbase if we want the club to progress.”
Saturday’s hosts picked up an overdue away win at Cambridge United on Monday to preserve their position outside the bottom four, but defeat to Salisbury on BT Sport 1, backed up by Hereford winning at Aldershot, would see them drop straight back to the Conference North, the division they convincingly won last season.
“Chester are fighting for their lives and have a good squad of players, with an experienced manager (Steve Burr),” added Harris, ahead of the 5.30pm kick-off.
“I’m sure there will be a massive crowd at the Deva Stadium and they are the kind of games you want to compete in.
“I know they’ve reformed but are an ex-Football League Club. It’s a great ground to visit and we’re looking forward to the game. We want to finish the season on a high, back-toback wins and a top ten finish.”
While Brian Dutton and Robbie Sinclair should be available for the long trip, Callum Hart, James Clarke and Clovis Kamdjo are doubtful.
“We’re getting a few players back from injury. It was positive Robbie came on for 20 minutes on Monday.
“We’ve got players available and I just think it was very important to end the home campaign with a win - for me as manager and the players, who deserve all the accolades they’ve received this year,” said Harris.