MAIDENHEAD United chairman Peter Griffin has backed the club to win the National League South title at Margate this Saturday (3pm).

The Magpies could have secured top spot with an win over second-placed Ebbsfleet, but they were beaten 2-1 at York Road on Saturday.

Despite the defeat, Maidenhead are still favourites to land the championship crown and can finish the job with a win at second-bottom and already relegated Margate, or if they better Ebbsfleet’s result at home to Oxford City.

Griffin told the Observer: “Everytime we have lost this year we’ve come back with a reaction. That’s only our fourth defeat of the year and our first at home.

“Anyone would have taken us being in this position a month or two ago, or at Christmas, or at the start of the season. We’ve got it in our own hands.

“We are going away to Margate but it doesn’t matter who we’re playing, we have one game to go and are two points ahead, and if we win we are champions.

“I’ve no doubt that Alan Devonshire (manager) will brush them down. He has got to get their minds focused on the game ahead and that’s all you can do.

“He has done that brilliantly over the last couple of years and I’ve no doubt that he will get it done for Saturday as well.”

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PHOTO: Peter Griffin has labelled the support that Maidenhead have had this season as "fantastic" with 3,377 supporters packing out York Road on Saturday.

Griffin continued: “To be quite honest, it would’ve been great to do it at home, so I’ve now got another week of stress and nerves, but this is what you want to be involved in football for.

“We’re at the top of the table and going for a title. It’s more nerve-wracking going for a title than it is fighting relegation. I know that speaking from experience at both ends, so we’ve done really well.

“We’ve still got it in our own hands so will dust ourselves down for Saturday, that is all we can do.”

Commenting on the fans’ support, he added: “It has been fantastic. It was a really big turnout from Maidenhead fans. All year has been good, the last home game we had 1,500 and before that 1,200.

“The club has really caught the imagination of the local public and it’s great to see. They’ve got a team that the town can be proud of and the town are proud of them. They came along and showed that on Saturday.

“It was a great atmosphere, lots of noise and lots of singing from both sets of supporters, and that’s what non-league football is all about. Long may it continue here.”