BALLARAT Red Devils travel to Melbourne today knowing destiny is somewhat out of their control.
The Reds will take on Brunswick City after missing a golden opportunity to go top of Football Federation Victoria men’s state league two table last weekend.
The 3-1 defeat by leaders Moreland City leaves them third, five points adrift of the top two with just three matches to play.
Haymes Red Devils’ playing manager Brian Shelley concedes his team’s promotion chances are slim.
“Fawkner and Moreland need to lose two of their last three games,” Shelley said.
“Going on current form, that’s going to be difficult, but you never know in football. I’ve been in the game long enough to have seen stranger things happen.
“We need to forget Moreland and Fawkner and try and pick up maximum points.”
There is an injury cloud hanging over the head of striker Simon Murphy ahead of today’s fixture.
Murphy missed training during the week due to an infected knee and remains in doubt for the clash, which is catch-up from the wash-out in late July.
The Reds will also be without forward Daniel Forlandsaas, who played his final game for the club last weekend.