SEASONED survivor James Burgess claims it is time for Harrow Borough to get ugly in their bid to avoid relegation.

The veteran midfielder knows more than most about what it takes to beat the drop, having escaped falling through the trap door four or five times in a long career with previous club Hendon.

And with Tuesday night’s 2-0 defeat at in-form playoff contenders East Thurrock leaving Borough still needing two points to be sure of Ryman Premier Division football next season, Burgess insists tonight’s (Thursday’s) final home game with Bognor cannot be a place for faint hearts.

He said: “For us now it is about being ugly and trying to grind out those two points. The secret of survival is the dogged performance and doing the hard jobs people don’t want to do like sticking your foot there and putting your head in where it hurts. The sides down the bottom know when to kick the ball long where we sometimes dwell on the ball a bit. They do all the dirty jobs on the pitch better than we do.”

Prolific striker Sam Higgins proved the downfall of Dave Anderson’s men at Rookery Hill, bagging an early goal in each half. Having lost their last two games against sides like them with plenty to play for, Borough now face Bognor, who have languished in mid-table for some weeks, while Saturday’s final day opponents Margate are at low ebb, their playoff quest having hit the skids over the last half dozen games.

“A lot of mid-table teams now are just going through the motions where the bottom teams have to fight,” added Burgess.