Skegness Town seek strong finish to secure top-half place
But a win on Saturday at AFC Mansfield will secure at least a top eight finish, with Rawlinson backing his players to get the job done.
He said: “It is massively important we finish the season with a win. Last year we lost the last two games and it does annoy you into the summer and I do have a lot of pride in making sure we finish in the top half of the table, so whilst we still will be missing a few players we need to forget about Monday, dust ourselves down, remember we have had a good year in a very difficult league and make sure we can all enjoy our couple of months of with a good final memory of this long, but ultimately enjoyable season.”
Monday’s 2-0 defeat to Boston came two days after a 1-0 success at home to Eastwood, secured by Gary King’s early winner.
Rawlinson said: “I am of course disappointed with our result against Boston but equally as pleased with the win against Eastwood. If I'm honest we are feeling the affects of having a small squad and two games in 48 hours probably was too much to cope with. We have a load of injuries but squad size and strength is my job so I do accept some responsibility for it.
"On Saturday I thought we were good and should have won by a much larger margin and missed a lot of chances, but in the context of keeping in the top eight it was a really important win.
"However, Monday was disappointing, especially in the first half, and I don't want to make any excuses as I do think Boston played really well and scored with two great finishes.
"We of course missed a load of key players and lost a further two to injury in the first-half but if we want to improve we have to ensure we can cope with this situation much better.
"We competed far better in the second-half and made a game of it for the great crowd we had attend but lessons were learned and I may have to be more clever with the squad next year whenever we have two games in such a short time frame.”