BRIGHTLINGSEA Regent boss Tom Rothery believes it is a "huge achievement" to be clear of relegation danger - let alone in the midst of a play-off push.

The R's are sitting safely in mid-table but only six points adrift of the top five, heading into tomorrow's Bostik League premier division derby at home to Harlow Town.

With just ten games left, they are still very much in the mix for a coveted play-off spot and hoping to build on last week's impressive 2-0 victory against Kingstonian.

“We’re in every game and no-one’s blowing us away," said Rothery.

“We’re winning tight matches and the players deserve massive credit for that.

“Given our resources, for us to not be involved in the relegation fight is a huge achievement.

“We have to keep believing and keep pushing and if we don’t make the play-offs, we want to finish as high as we can.

“If we come up short, we come up short but I don’t want us looking back and saying ‘we should have done this or should have done that’."

Regent have the luxury of another home game this weekend and after next weekend's trip to Worthing, they return to the Taydal Stadium for the visit of Lewes.

“Let’s have a real go and, as I said to the players before the last game, three of our next four matches are at home where we’ve been really strong since the start of December," added Rothery.

“We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves but it’s a big opportunity.

“If we can win these home games, who knows?

“I just want the season to go to the wire and not be dead, with nothing to play for.”

Regent are 11th in the table with 46 points from their 32 matches.

Tonbridge Angels are sitting fifth, in the last play-off spot, with 52 points from 31 games.

The sides in between are Enfield Town, Bognor Regis Town, Folkestone Invicta, Leatherhead and Lewes.