Colin Ridgway is certain that Irchester are moving in a positive direction.
The Romans, who entertain Potton at Alfred Street this weekend, are lying 17th in ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Division One which, in itself, is nothing to shout about.
But after a poor 2012-13 campaign which saw them drop out of the Premier Division, a feeling of stability needed to be established before progress could take place.
And Ridgway believes that process is now under way.
He said: “It takes time to do these things but slowly and surely we’re getting a good side together.
“We’ve got a young side so that means that they can be a bit unpredictable, especially without much experience, but as a side we’re definitely going in the right direction.”
Burton Park Wanderers will be aiming to put last weekend’s NFA Junior Cup disappointment behind them as they return to league action.
Joe Smyth’s side, who were beaten 3-0 at Billing Road by ON Chenecks in the semi-finals, make the trip to second-placed Harrowby.
It will signal the start of a hectic period for Burton who still have 19 games to play in the league.
Rushden & Higham, beaten 2-1 at Raunds last time out, have lost their last three and they host Buckingham at Hayden Road.
Rothwell Corinthians make the trip to Blackstones on the back of a 3-0 win at Thrapston, 8-0 losers to Oadby on Wednesday, who entertain Bourne.
Whitworth, 2-0 losers at the Chenecks on Tuesday evening, hosting Lutterworth Athletic and Raunds make the trip to Northampton Spencer.
In the Premier Division, it doesn’t get any easier for struggling S&L Corby.
They lost 7-0 to champions-elect Spalding last weekend and host third placed Cogenhoe on Saturday.
AFC Rushden & Diamonds, who drew 0-0 at Cogenheo on Tuesday, travel to Newport Pagnell and Desborough, 2-1 victors over Sleaford last weekend, visit Deeping.
Wellingborough Town, who moved into the League Cup semi-finals following a 4-1 win at Lutterworth Athletic on Saturday, host Holbeach.