SUPERMARINE coach Sean Millwaters believes the club needs a ‘minor miracle’ to survive in Southern Counties South as they prepare for tomorrow’s local derby with Wootton Bassett.

After Saturday’s game against Weymouth was postponed, Marine slipped further adrift at the foot of the table after fellow strugglers Walcot and Oakmeadians both managed to get their games on and picked up vital victories.

The South Marston side are now eight points away from second-bottom Oakmeadians, but while Millwaters thinks it will be incredibly tough to avoid the drop he has not given up hope.

“The results couldn’t have really gone much worse for us last weekend, and it was a real hammer blow,” he said.

“With them both getting wins makes it really difficult because there is set to be two teams going down, and I have to be honest, I think we need a minor miracle.

“We need to really be looking to win three or four games to give ourselves a chance, and that is obviously going to be a big ask.

“I’m not writing us off, but it is going to be very hard now, although we are keeping positive and will be doing our best.”

Millwaters was involved with Bassett for 14 years, but believes his current club have a chance of picking up points tomorrow at Ballards Ash.

“It’s a local derby and we are up for it,” he said. “I wasn’t involved last time we played them, but I’m led to believe our players think we could have won. It’s a massive game and I think the team that wants it more will win.”