CAMERON James certainly isn’t prepared to shy away from the relegation fight that Braintree Town find themselves in heading into 2019.

While there are some who may doubt Braintree Town’s ability to beat the drop this year, James insists that their players and staff are not among them.

The 20-year-old has returned to the Iron for a second loan spell from parent club Colchester United and was impressive in the centre of midfield in their 1-1 draw with Boreham Wood on Saturday.

It was a frustrating result as the Iron felt they deserved more than the point they got and they were still eight points from safety heading into their Boxing Day clash at Ebbsfleet United.

However, despite the tough task ahead, James said there was no lack of belief in the squad that they could get themselves to safety in the second half of the campaign.

“I genuinely feel we can stay up,” he said.

“I know there are a few doubters – not in the team or management – but there are some who think we are already done.

“But in the dressing room we really are upbeat and we know we are in the fight.

“You have to relish that and you have to want to prove that you are good enough.

“We spoke before the Christmas games that there are a lot of games and if you win three or four then you could be out of it.

“That’s the same at the top of the league.

“You could be top before Christmas, but mid-table after it and it can work the other way as well.

“We have to look to start an unbeaten run and just see how many points we can pick up along the way.”