MARCUS BIGNOT says the ‘T’ word – title – is finally being allowed in Solihull Moors’ dressing room as the club lies a possible 90 minutes from being champions, writes Colin Stoner.
Bignot stressed the collective Moors’ feet have been firmly anchored on terra firma during their sustained position as Vanarama National North table-toppers.
But now they are reaching for the skies. They head to AFC Telford United – where Bignot made his name as a player – on Saturday knowing if they win and North Ferriby United fail to claim three points against AFC Fylde the Moors will be champions and they can looked forward to joining non-League’s elite.
While Solihull booked their place in the Birmingham Senior Cup final by beating Stratford Town on Tuesday, third-placed Fylde drew at Stalybridge to drop out of the title race, leaving Fylde as the only team that stop Bignot’s men securing their biggest honour in their history.
Whatever happens this weekend, Moors know five points from their final four games will guarantee top spot.
Bignot said: “I spoke to the players in the dressing room after Tuesday to start preparing for Saturday and for the first time all season, honestly, we talked about the title.
“During the season, we’ve had one focus, one determination, to concentrate, not even on taking one game at a time, but the next 45 minutes. That’s all that matters. That’s been our mentality.
“The supporters have been singing ‘we’re going to win the league’ for a few weeks and now it’s within our grasp. We will embrace it, we will enjoy it, but we won’t take our eye of the ball in terms of what we’ve done to get us here.
“We want to get better and the end the season by showing we can keep getting better.”
Two goals from wing-back Michael Nottingham accounted for Bradford Park Avenue last Saturday in a 2-1 win to push Moors within sight of the finishing line.
Bignot stressed it has been a team effort all season, pointing out that the group which will end the campaign are exactly the same players who started in pre-season.
He said the target then was to push for the play-offs and this season’s success has probably been a surprise. But it’s one the club could not have dreamed about when it was formed in 2007 when Moor Green and Solihull Borough joined forces.
“We’re on the verge of something special,” said Bignot.
“There are players, managers, clubs, coaches, chairmen, supporters who watch their teams for years and years without being able to win any honours or have anything to show for it.
“Now we’ve got the chance to complete a massive achievement and something everyone will remember for a long, long time.”