We're over achieving says Castle

CITY boss Steve Castle says his side is over-achieving after they moved to within four points of the Blue Square South play-offs. The City boss has had one issue after another to contend with off the pitch including another budget cut in the build up to l

CITY boss Steve Castle says his side is over-achieving after they moved to within four points of the Blue Square South play-offs.

The City boss has had one issue after another to contend with off the pitch including another budget cut in the build up to last weekend's 1-0 win at Eastleigh but despite all that the players are performing magnificently on the pitch.

"There's more than one player playing for nothing. It's very tough, it's a big ask for these lads," said Castle.

"We can offer Conference South football and it is a successful Conference South team at this moment in time who are majorly, majorly over achieving. You do normally go and gauge on budgets, and it's no coincidence that arguably the best team or the most well supported team in this league are streets ahead with teams like Chelmsford, Eastleigh and Staines just behind them.


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"We're nowhere near that, we're probably level with the Weymouths and the Lewes's of this world. We're over achieving, I just can't speak any higher of these boys. They've all come down here (to Eastleigh) off their own steam and if we can just keep it going its great news at the moment."

City arrived at Eastleigh on Saturday with a depleted substitutes' bench but Castle says that just added to the underdog status that he revels in.

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"I love being an underdog and at the moment, the vibe from the home team was with only having two substitutes that we've come here just to fulfil a fixture and we've done a little bit more than that," he said.

"It wasn't a great pitch, they've made a mistake and Drew at the moment is on fire, he's just put the ball away very convincingly.

"I'm over the moon with them, I really am, I know it's an old clich� probably I'm a little bit high at the moment, everything is against us I won't tell you any lies, it really is really, really tough but what I have got in that dressing room is a group of terrific honest lads."

Castle felt Eastleigh ran out of ideas against his side on Saturday but still expects the Spitfires to be in the mix come the end of the season.

"They just seemed to run out of ideas. I thought they seemed quite a tidy team, yes they did get themselves down. They didn't quite get their heads down as much as I thought they would do. They'll be there or thereabouts, they'll keep taking points off teams, people like Tony Taggart, the centre forward they've got the big lad, there's a lot of quality there.

"It was three vital points, I don't think there'll be too many teams who come down here (and win) even though they haven't had a successful time of late, from now until the end of the season they'll pick up points and hopefully not as many as us.

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