Dean Thomas is ready to look forward to a crucial festive period for his in-form Kettering Town side.
The Poppies moved into the play-off places in the Calor League Division One Central thanks to a 1-0 victory over North Greenford United at Latimer Park on Saturday.
Ash Fuller’s second-half penalty settled a scrappy affair and ensured the Poppies extended their unbeaten run to 12 matches in all competitions.
But that run is set to be given a thorough examination over the next couple of weeks.
Kettering head to third-placed Barton Rovers on Saturday before hosting St Ives Town on Boxing Day.
And that is followed by trips to fellow high-fliers Slough Town and Daventry Town.
Kettering could find themselves out of the top five by the time they head to Barton at the weekend with a number of their rivals all playing tomorrow (Tuesday) night.
But Thomas insists his players are embracing their good run of form and he praised their efforts after getting the job done at the weekend following three successive away matches.
“I have had a lot of dark days in football and just three months ago it was all doom and gloom here,” the Poppies boss said.
“But we have come a long way in a short space of time and it is important we embrace it and enjoy it.
“Things change quickly in football but the players are enjoying it and they have shown they are ready to scrap for results.
“If you look back over the last few weeks, we have played a lot of games in a short space of time.
“We had three away games in a row before Saturday and it takes a lot out of the players.
“We have taken 10 points from 12 in the last four and I will let the lads off for the performance at the weekend because they have really dug in for it.
“Now we can move on and look forward to some huge games that are coming up.”
The other news over the weekend saw Dubi Ogbonna sign a contract with Kettering after enjoying a fine start at Latimer Park while centre-half Dan Crowie is rejoining the club from St Neots Town.