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Sutton previews tomorrow's clash with Rhyl

Defender insists everyone is focused on beating the drop

Shane Sutton insists the first aim in the second phase is for the Robins to beat the drop but added you can never write them off.

The defender has played almost every game this campaign, and helped the side get off to a winning start in phase two last week.

However despite climbing out of the bottom two last week, he believes beating the drop is the sole aim and anything else is a bonus.

He said: "Last week was good to be back out there, and we seemed like out old selves.

"Every player had 7/10 or above whereas most of the season we've only had two or three players had that level and it hasn't been good enough.

"If we can keep our individual performances like that and keep them right then we will get more results.

"I think now we need to make sure we beat the drop and whatever happens from there will be a bonus.

"But as I've said many times before, you can never write us off."

Kieran Mills-Evans was back from injury and in alongside Sutton last week, after another up and down season in terms of central defenders.

Injuries to both Mills-Evans and Gavin Cadwallader has led to Chris Hughes being unable to name the same back two for a run of games this season.

Sutton is hoping to strike up a partnership with one of the defenders in the second phase, and also praised the arrival of on loan signing Nick Rushton, who has two in two games.

He added: "I've always played left side at the back but it is better to play alongside the same person at either centre half or left back and get a partnership going.

"With Nick, it would be easier for me to answer this at the end of the season but as times gone so far he has been brilliant.

"He fits in well and he is a goalscorer which is what we've been lacking."

Rhyl come to Latham Park tomorrow one place, and a point below the Robins.

And Sutton is expecting another tough affair, much like the previous clash which saw three red cards in a thrilling encounter.

"They are a young team who like to get about others and don't give up, so it will be a battle."