Rudy Funk: All set for a thrilling close to the season

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We are just moving into the final straight of this season with nine games remaining for us.

It is such an interesting run-in as all the sides from Halesowen at the top to the 10th placed team are involved in the push for promotion.

There is so much to play for and we will make sure that we will battle and do our best until the final game of the season.

Confidence in the camp is very high in whatever we do at the moment.

It just seems that everyone steps up and gives 100 per cent when they are needed, which is exactly what you want from your players at this stage of the season.

I have been in situations where players just go through the motions and that is so frustrating.

We have a great blend of experienced footballers and young players who want to do well, which seems to be working perfectly at the moment.

It is the players who deserve all the accolades for putting us where we are in the table, they have been so professional throughout the whole campaign.

It is a case now where every game matters so much to us.

All the games will be tense, tight and tough.

If we are playing a team at the top end then they will be competing for a place in the play-offs, while if we are taking on a team at the bottom then they will be battling to avoid the drop.

Last year in the NCEL it was a case where only the top few sides were battling for honours, many of the others maybe felt that their season was over.

This season it is completely opposite. Everyone will be battling until the death.”