MARK Harper has ordered his Hampton & Richmond Borough troops not to get too complacent as relegation is still a very real threat.
The Beavers moved to within a point of escaping the Blue Square South drop zone after winning 2-1 at Weston-super-Mare on Saturday and 1-0 at Dover on Tuesday night.
With two games in hand over many of their rivals, Hampton suddenly looks favourites to beat the drop, especially on the back of a five-game unbeaten run.
But manager Harper was keen to burst the bubble ahead of tough games at home to Sutton United tomorrow, and at Boreham Wood on Monday night.
He said: “We've not had many back-to-back wins, but the lads have worked really hard and given themselves a real chance.
“But what we don't want to do it get caught being complacent after winning a couple of games, there is still a real battle ahead to stay up.
“If we do, that is all we are expected to do as small club with a small budget. But some of the bigger teams with bigger budgets are now looking nervously over their shoulders.”
However, Hampton will be without top scorer Dave Tarpey (pictured), who netted against both Weston-super-Mare and Dover, for both games.
Tarpey will miss three matches in total for his red card against Maidenhead, leaving Hampton, who also have Joel Ledgister out for the rest of the season, short of options up front.
Harper said: “Tarps will be a huge miss. Even when he's not playing well or scoring he's still a massive threat – he's just got something about him in the box.
“But we have enough strength in depth. Charlie Moone has shown a great attitude, worked hard ion training and taken his chance, and he has been brilliant.
“There is probably an opportunity now for some of the youngsters, and I am toying with putting in Joe Bennett, who is the top scorer for our reserves, and who has loads of energy.”
Hampton do, however, have centre-back Dean Inman, who has missed the last two games with a suspension of his own, back tomorrow.