BOSS Tom Killick insists "we can't even start to think about the play-offs" despite Poole Town registering three successive victories in Southern League South.

Dolphins leapfrogged top-five rivals Hayes & Yeading United after defeating them 2-1 on Tuesday night, thanks to a late Jamie Whisken header.

That leaves the Tatnam club seventh in the standings and five points off the play-off spots, but with games in hand on all the sides above them, Killick is keen for his squad to stay focused ahead of their trip to Yate Town on Saturday (3pm).

Killick told the Daily Echo: “It was another very strong performance in midweek. Hayes have improved since the start of the season, and they certainly were tough opposition.

“It’s very pleasing going away to the league leaders at Tiverton, winning there, and going away again and winning away at Hayes."

Despite languishing in the lower reaches of the table, Yate are also unbeaten in three games, recording two impressive 4-1 wins over promotion chasing Chesham and Taunton.

Wary of the Somerset side’s recent upturn in form, Killick stated: “We have to avoid complacency, especially because we have a lot of games to catch up on. We are desperate for points at the moment, and our performances need to reflect that.

“Yate may be lower in the league table, but recently they’ve had some strong performances and good results.”

When quizzed about his side’s ambitions this season, Killick added: “We can’t even start to think about the play-offs, because we have so many games to play.

"We’re not making claims about the title or play-offs at this stage.

“As I said, we are desperate for points at the moment – and our performances need to reflect that.

“Until we’ve played those games, we can't make any predictions.”

Harry Baker will continue his return from injury after making a substitute appearance against Hayes, but Killick is keen to keep a winning side together.

“Will (Spetch) has done very well up front, and played well on Tuesday again," said the Dolphins boss.

"Harry is only just coming back from injury – he played around 15 minutes on Tuesday.

“He’s had a long-time out, so he isn’t 100 per cent yet. However, after having no recognised striker, the performances of Will and the return of Harry is a big plus."

Wimborne Town are also in league action on Saturday, hosting Hendon (3pm).