An up and down run of games has ended with Richard Scott feeling much happier about his lot.
The Thrapston boss watched his side thrash Bourne 7-1 on Saturday, a result that came on the back of two straight home defeats, 3-0 to Rothwell Corinthians and 8-0 to leaders Oadby.
And with Blackstones up next at Chancery Lane in Division One of the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League before a double-header against bottom side Woodford, Scott is confident that an upward trend can be established.
He said: “We weren’t really expecting to get anything against Oadby but it was really disappointing against Rothwell.
“You could see that we hadn’t played that much and that the break had affected us.
“But against Bourne we were a lot better and we’ve now got three games that are winnable .
“If we approach them with the right attitude and we work hard then there’s no reason why we can’t win all of them.”
As often seems to be the case, a cup game is followed by a league encounter with the same opposition and that is Burton Park Wanderers’ fate.
A fortnight after exiting the NFA Junior Cup at the hands of ON Chenecks, Joe Smyth’s side are back at Billing Road.
And while the chance for revenge isn’t how the Burton boss sees the game, he expects a few wrongs to be put right this time around.
He said: “We just didn’t turn up on the day and we had no qualms with the overall result.
“They wanted it more than we did and deserved to go through.
“I don’t see this game as revenge as such but we certainly want to do ourselves justice and play as we can.”
Elsewhere in the division, Raunds host Eynesbury at Kiln Park, Rothwell Corinthians are at home to Buckingham, Rushden & Higham welcome local rivals Irchester and Whitworth are on their travels at Harrowby.
In the Premier Division, S&L Corby, under the control of chairman John Davies and committee man Kevin King since Sean Mason stood down, are in desperate need of points as they host AFC Kempston.
Desborough travel to Huntingdon on the back of two straight defeats, 5-1 to Huntongdon and 4-2 to Yaxley while Wellingborough Town, who drew 1-1 with Sileby in midweek, are without a game this weekend.
AFC Rushden & Diamonds, who have a runners-up spot in their sights, face Holbeach at the Dog & Duck.