Mitch's target

BLUES boss Paul Mitchell has targeted three wins from their remaining eight games to ensure survival in Conference North.

And Mitch believes that on current form - which has returned 16 points from their last 27 - that target should be "no problem".

Mitch's men picked up another valuable point away to Hinckley United on Saturday, after Charlie Trout bagged a late equaliser at Middlefield Lane.

But the Blues remain just three points above the drop zone and face fellow strugglers Scarborough on Saturday, in a game many have dubbed a relegation six-pointer.

"Had Scarborough not been docked 10 points at the start of the season then they would be right up near the playoffs," said Mitchell.

"They are still a full-time outfit and still have some top players there. I have always said that Scarborough would get out of it.

"So I don't want people to look at the league table and say 'oh, we should beat them because they are in the bottom three'.

"Their points total since Christmas is that of promotion form - not relegation contenders.

"But I think that if we can get another three wins from the last eight games then we will be fine."

Saturday also saw Kirk Jackson make his debut up front for the Blues.

But Trinity favourite Ben Purkiss has now departed to York City - initially on a loan deal until the end of the season.

However, he will become a York City player on a permanent basis at the end of the current campaign, as Mitch explained.

"People have asked me why we have let him go out on loan there but the fact of the matter is that York can't sign him because the transfer deadline has obviously passed. But he will become a permanent player at the end of the season.

"Ben had an agreement with the club that he could go for a certain amount of money and this is a great deal for us and for Ben. I don't know what the record fee received is at this place but this is very good.

"I'm sure fans will be angry that we have sold another player but I have always said that you should play at the highest level you can and I am not going to stand in his way. Once Ben decided he wanted to go then that was that.

"He will do well because nothing phases him. He has been terrific for us and we wish him well.

"But this money may mean that we can become stronger in the future."