Promotion rivals Johnstone Burgh lost at the weekend while the Millburn Park side’s game at East Kilbride was postponed, leaving them seven points off the final promotion spot with a game in hand.

Hamill believes that last promotion spot is there for the taking for a number of teams.

He said: “It is very difficult to say because we haven’t put a consistent run of victories together, if we win our games we have got a chance.

“I think the third promotion spot will probably have the lowest points total it has ever had, everyone seems to be capable of beating everyone else.” Hamill still harbours disappointment over the games the team were forced to play over the Christmas period when they had a very limited squad.

Vale of Leven lost home games with St Roch’s and Forth Wanderers during that time. With the league campaign only being 20 games long for each side in the Central District Second Division, Hamill believes a break during the Christmas period makes sense.

He said: “I just feel disappointed in that we were forced to put matches on during the Christmas period when our squad was depleted to say the least. We had to play half our under-19s side in both the games and we lost, so that’s a full six points that were given away needlessly.

“It’s not like it is a hugely long league season, they could easily factor in a break.” Vale of Leven will take on second placed Cambuslang Rangers next, they will be without top scorer David McNaught who is unavailable. Kick-off is at 2.00pm at Millburn Park.