Ian Bogie: Stockport County manager maintains survival hopes

Ian Bogie

Stockport County manager Ian Bogie has not given up on his side escaping relegation despite conceding the odds are against them.

To stand any chance of staying up, they must beat title-chasing Kidderminster and hope other results go their way.

"Kidderminster will be looking to win the title against a team trying to stay in the division," said Bogie.

"The pressure's all on them. We can go there and give it everything we've got. If we perform, we'll not be far short."

Speaking to BBC Newcastle after Bogie continued: "You've got to have belief - the belief that you can be the best player on the pitch and the belief that you can win any game, whoever you're playing against.

"The odds are stacked against us massively, but stranger things have happened in football. If we believe and if we win, I firmly believe we'll stay in the division."

Tamworth, Gateshead and Lincoln could all be dragged into the bottom four if the Hatters win on Saturday, but even victory may not be enough to keep Bogie's side up.

Lincoln only need a draw at Hyde to be safe, while wins for Tamworth against Woking and Gateshead against Ebbsfleet will guarantee their respective positions in the top division of non-league football next season.

Relegation would mean County, who have struggled financially in recent seasons, would have dropped from the second tier of the English game to the sixth in the space of 11 years.