Wellingborough Town boss Dave Williams believes his team are heading in the right direction.
Going into the trip to Deeping Rangers tomorrow (Saturday), the Doughboys are in the bottom two of the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division.
But following back-to-back draws against Newport Pagnell and Oadby Town, Williams says there are better times ahead at the Dog & Duck.
He said: “The draw at Newport Pagnell has given us a lot of confidence.
“Nobody expected us to get a point there and that result shows we are improving.
“It’s definitely looking positive, but we need to start winning games and getting away from the bottom.
“It’s not going to just happen. We have to make it happen.”
The Doughboys are still waiting for Will Mizuimbiri to get international clearance and Williams says he needs a right-sided midfielder as well.
“It’s going to take time,” said Williams, who took charge after Craig Adams stepped down last month.
“We are still finding out what the players can do and where they all fit in.”
Rothwell Corinthians welcome back Tom Johnson and Aaron Watts for their Premier Division trip to Eynesbury Rovers tomorrow.
Johnson has missed the last seven games with a hamstring strain and Watts has been suspended for the last three.
They return to boost a side who were not at their best against Northampton Spencer at Sergeants Lawn in midweek.
Dom Page gave Corinthians an early lead that was cancelled out after the break.
Boss Shaun Sparrow said: “For whatever reason, we just didn’t find our groove.
“We were a bit disappointed afterwards, but it’s another point earned and we are now 13th, so I have to be happy with that.”
Next Tuesday night, Corinthians entertain Sileby Rangers in the NFA Hillier Senior Cup.
Desborough Town boss Chris Bradshaw has brought in Danny Marlow to work as his assistant at the Waterworks Field.
The ex-Corby Town player was with Bradshaw at the Dog & Duck on Tuesday night when Ar Tarn took AFC Rushden & Diamonds to a penalty shoot-out in the NFA Hillier Cup quarter-final.
The game finished 2-2 – Aidan Bradshaw and Dodci Agbenu on target for Ar Tarn – and Diamonds went through 6-5 on penalties.
Bradshaw handed striker Marvin Hill his debut as a second-half substitute at the and he looks set to feature again at Northampton Spencer in the Premier Division this weekend.
Bradshaw said: “We knew it would be a good test against Diamonds and when I saw their team, I feared the worst.
“They had the same 15 who were on duty for their previous league game.
“But the players responded to the challenge. That was the best performance they have given all season.
“We took a good Diamonds team to penalties and now we have to go to Spencer and win.
“It’s no good just turning up and performing in the big games. I want the players performing week in, week out.
“If the players show the same grit and determination they showed against Diamonds, we should beat Spencer and could upset Leicester Nirvana on Tuesday night.”