O’Shea: “Let’s finish on a high”

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LEWES boss Tim O’Shea hopes his players can lift the gloom of relegation by bowing out with a win at Boreham Wood this Saturday.

The Rooks were relegated in front of their own fans with a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Bishop’s Stortford on Bank Holiday Monday.

The club’s only hope now of avoiding relegation is if there is a similar situation to last season where only one team went down. But, currently sitting one point behind third-bottom Thurrock, O’Shea knows climbing an extra place in the table will give them the best chance of a reprieve.

He said: “We’ve got to give it a right go, and if we can finish third (from bottom), it’s happened over the years that there’s a reprieve.

“There’s a lot of financial trouble out there at the moment and probably there’s a few there that’s not been made public who might suffer through the summer so I think we’ve got to try and win it and give ourselves every possible chance of staying up.”

O’Shea and the Lewes FC board will however plan for the future under the assumption of relegation, and the former Croydon Athletic boss is set to open talks about his future once Saturday’s game is out of the way.

Meanwhile Lewes chief executive Nick Williams has assured fans that relegation will not result in a plunge back into financial difficulty.