POOLE Town’s players are leaving no stone unturned in their bid to beat the drop – even if it does mean giving each other the cold shoulder.

A number of Dolphins’ squad this week experienced extreme sub-zero temperatures when they tried cryotherapy – a treatment said to aid recovery and increase energy.

After facing the chill factor when using the facilities of Poole-based CryoLabs, Tom Killick’s charges secured a 2-0 victory over Chippenham Town last time out.

But with a crucial trip to Gloucester City awaiting on Saturday (3pm), the Poole boss is hopeful of turning up the heat on their National South rivals.

Asked about utilising the treatment, in which temperatures can drop to -135 degrees Celsius, Killick told the Daily Echo: “You are always looking to take advantage of anything you can and it’s a local business which has started.

“None of the players had done it before and I am told they went into a holding room to get acclimatised to the temperature.

“I think that’s only around half as cold as the main one and they thought they were in the main one. It was a bit of an experience for them.

“It’s only around three minutes and I don’t think you have a lot of choice once you’re in because the door is shut!

“There’s a lot of literature which says it is beneficial. I think Leicester famously made big use of it and brought it to the forefront of a lot of people’s minds in their Premier League-winning season.

“With us playing last Saturday and then on Tuesday on really heavy pitches, we thought it was worth doing.”

Back-to-back wins in their past two fixtures has seen Dolphins climb out of the bottom three, with Gloucester falling into the drop zone.

But with the Tigers only one point behind Poole with two games in hand, Killick is fully aware his side need to maintain their upturn in form.

“We can’t get carried away because we are still in a precarious position,” he added.

“As soon as you think you have suddenly turned it around you’ll be back down there again.

“The whole focus has to shift to Saturday and we have to replicate the effort levels and commitment we have shown in the past two games.

“There is no room for any complacency, we have just given ourselves a fighting chance.

“It’s just a start to, hopefully, climb our way clear. There is an awful lot more work to come and we are aware of that. The incentive now is to give ourselves a little bit of breathing space.”

Killick is hopeful Steve Devlin, Richard Gillespie and Lewis Lindsay will be back in contention.

Dolphins fell to a 3-0 defeat when the sides met at the Black Gold Stadium in October.

Dolphins: (from) Hutchings, Alawode-Williams, Aihevba, Spetch, Whisken, Moore, Baghdadi, Bedford, Dickson, Pettefer, Bentley, Brooks, Balmer, Neale, Gyebi, Rees, Gillespie, Devlin, Lindsay.