CHIPPENHAM Town skipper Iain Harvey says his team have got full confidence in themselves again after suffering a dip in belief earlier in the season.

The Bluebirds had an indifferent start to the campaign but are the form side in the Southern League over the last eight matches.

And when asked if he thought his team had the belief to make the play-offs in the Southern League this season, he said: “I don’t think it is, I know it is, and I’m pretty sure all the boys are feeling the same.

“I’ve always believed that on our day we’re definitely one of the best sides in the league and we’ll beat anyone, home and away.”

Harvey admitted there had been times earlier in the season where his side had questioned their abilities.

He said: “It doesn’t matter if you’re Chippenham or Man United, if you’re not getting results, you do start to doubt yourselves.

“We were giving our all but not getting results.

“But the boys stayed strong, kept working hard in training and listening to Mingsy, Cally and Kempy (Adie Mings, Tommy Callinan and Gary Kemp).”

And Harvey has been more than satisfied with The Bluebirds current run of form after improving on their displays in the earlier part of the campaign.

He said: “We’ve won six out of eight and in the two we lost, against Bashley, Pratty (David Pratt) got sent off in the first minute.

“I think Brackley probably edged that game (in December), but every other game we’ve deserved to win, and they were some hard games.”

The 31-year-old midfielder was his usual industrious self in Saturday’s win over Stourbridge, and was complimentary of the way his charges acquitted themselves against the West Midlands outfit.

He said: “The boys did really well and they have done for quite a while. I remember saying a while ago when results weren’t going our way, we didn’t do a lot wrong.

“At the moment we’re churning out results and I’m over the moon about that one.

“We’ve had some problems with the more direct sides. Stourbridge are probably one of the more direct sides and we came out on top all over the pitch.

“I know there’s boys here who will run through brick walls, never shirk a challenge or not put their head in.”

Harvey admitted the ball had hit his hand for the Stourbridge penalty, but protested his innocence.

He said: “It was a handball, no question about it, but I didn’t deliberately handle it. The cross hit my hand.”

Chippenham take on Evesham United at home tomorrow and Harvey acknowledged his side has a point to prove after the 2-0 defeat to The Robins in August.

“I thought they were a bit better than us,” he said.