Yoker Athletic assistant manager Graeme George has labelled the Whe-Ho’s next fixture as a “make or break” game if they are to have realistic promotion hopes this season.

The Holm Park side sit in eighth in the table, and are six points off a promotion play-off spot.

But they are also six points above the relegation zone, and George is hoping his side can build on their 5-3 victory on Saturday against Shotts Bon Accord.

He said: “The reality is that it’s a make or break game for us.

“It’s make or break in terms of where we’re going to be in the second half of the season.

“If they want to be up for the promotion places then they must win on Saturday.

“Anything other than three points and you find yourself in that relegation mix. We’re in that middle area where you can jump yourself up the table or find yourself pulled back down.”

Athletic staged an impressive comeback, and were 3-2 down with 10 minutes to go.

But goals from Ross Cameron, Reece McGillion and Grieg Maitland sealed a 5-3 win for the Whe-Ho on Saturday.

But despite up the victory, there was still cause for concern for the assistant.

He added: “We made a couple of changes and that’s sparked the comeback, the third and fourth goals came from substitutes.

“The frustrating part of that is the guys who are making mistakes are normally guys you rely on.

“But they showed a lot of character to come back.”

Yoker have signed Cameron on loan from Stirling Albion, and he made a scoring debut at Holm Park.

While their initial move for a defender fell through, Albion manager Dave Mackay was keen to loan out the young striker. And with the festive break in fixtures shortly approaching, George thinks there is no need to recruit a defender with players returning from injury.

He said: “Dave Mackay said to us that they had another player that they were keen to get out and they have a lot of high hopes for. The young boy (Cameron) has made a difference, he scored a great header.

“It’s difficult now after this Saturday we go into a mini shutdown because of the Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve period, and we’re probably looking at having Kerr Allen, David Manley and Mark Maxwell all back from injury at the turn of the year.

“And if we’re going to get those three players back there’s not the need to bolster the numbers.”

Yoker’s next game is away to Maryhill at Lochburn Park, kick-off is at 1.45pm on Saturday.