MARC Feighery, Winsford United’s goalkeeper coach, is confident Blues’ players have the courage to prevail in a fight for survival.

They host Hanley Town, a direct rival to avoid relegation from the North West Counties League’s top-flight, in one of their most important matches of the season on Saturday, kick-off 3pm.

The home team start that contest three points clear of the drop zone with four matches left to play.

“They won’t bottle it,” said Feighery, referring to a side that is unbeaten in Premier Division fixtures at Barton Stadium since the turn of the year.

“The mentality is right and we have become battle-hardened over the past few months.

“I think we probably need four more points to be safe and we’re more than capable of picking those up.”

A 3-2 victory for West Didsbury & Chorlton at Irlam last weekend halved a distance to Lee Duckworth’s side in the table.

Winsford, beaten 3-0 in successive away matches after edging out Litherland REMYCA on home turf, were not in action.

They have a game in hand on West too but Feighery, manager of the Navy’s under 23s team who were crowned as Inter Services champions in February, isn’t concerned about what rivals are doing.

He said: “We can’t rely on other teams losing and we don’t have to because we can finish the job ourselves.”

“I don’t care what sides in other games are doing, and we must be confident in the lads we have to take us to where we want to go.”

In contrast to their encouraging home form, Blues have lost every away game in 2019.

That makes this weekend’s meeting with Hanley, above them only on goal-difference, and a derby meeting with 1874 Northwich on Easter Monday even more important.

Feighery said: “We’re optimistic that we can get what we need from those two matches.”