BRAINTREE Town boss George Borg believes the clean sheet and point they gained against Hemel Hempstead Town shows there is light at the end of the tunnel.

The Iron, who are 18th in National League South, played out a 0-0 draw with the Hertfordshire side at a windswept Cressing Road, last weekend.

It was Braintree's first clean sheet since Borg took over in the hot seat from Jake Hutchings, last December.

And ahead of their important game at bottom side Hungerford Town this weekend, boss Borg says there are signs of encouragement.

Borg said: "It's our first clean sheet since I've been here and it's encouraging to see all of the hard work that's been going on on the training ground paying off a little bit.

"There is light at the end of the tunnel - things are looking good and I'm very confident that we can stay up.

"Once that happens, I'll review how we feel but the foundations are being laid for next season.

"I love working with (chairman) Lee Harding, so if he wants me to continue next season then that will never be an issue.

"We've done nothing but play very good teams who have spent a lot of money, to try and get into the National League.

"So to build a new team in the space of eight weeks and get a performance like that and those we've had over the last few games has been very pleasing.

"I'm really proud of them and it's important to work hard for Lee Harding and the supporters.

"Lee is running the club on his own - there's no getting away from it.

"I said I'd battle for him and work hard for him and that's what I'm trying to do.

"I feel like I've come in at the right time - we've got rid of the players who didn't want to be here and brought in players who do.

"The positive results we had against the likes of Oxford, Havant and Weymouth all came against teams in the top six."

Braintree make the trip to Hungerford aiming to build on their goal-less draw with Hemel Hempstead.

They take on a Crusaders side who have managed only six league wins all season and are seven points adrift at the bottom of the table.

Nevertheless, Borg will be taking nothing for granted at Bulpit Lane.

"Going to Hungerford will be a battle," added Borg, who is hoping to bring in a new centre-back in time for the game on Saturday.

"We'll have to fight for every ball and every blade of grass.

"We have to make sure that we go there and come off the pitch at the end not beaten."