Haverhill Borough manager Martin Westcott believes they still have it all to play for as they head to Halstead Town on Boxing Day (11am).
Ninth-placed Borough are seven points adrift of the sixth-placed Humbugs with one game in hand, so know a victory will keep them in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division promotion frame.
They may be 13 points off one of the top three promotion places, but with four games in hand on third-placed Kings Lynn Town Reserves and three in hand on second-placed Ely City, Westcott knows a good run of results would put them back up there.
Since losing 1-0 at runaway leaders Wivenhoe Town on September 30, Borough have lost just twice in 11 matches across all competitions and have quarter-finals to look forward to in the Suffolk FA Senior Cup and the First Division Knockout Cup.
Westcott said: “The squad has really strengthened. Matt Staines came back (after a brief spell at Coggeshall Town), Rory Bone has joined and Scott Lodge has joined (both from Coggeshall Town) and Aaron Forshaw has come back (from West Wratting) and we are playing a lot better than we were back at the start of the season.
“People are wanting to join us. We are getting phone calls and people are saying can I come and join, can I come to training.
“We are only one third of the way through the season. There’s still a lot of points to play for. We have not got to play Wivenhoe twice and other teams have, so they will drop points.
“I think if we put a good run together. If we win at Halstead and then we’ve got Stowmarket Town at home (January 2), which is another winnable game, we could start to climb the league.”
Westcott spoke highly of his most recent new signing, Scott Lodge, who played in the 2011/12 season for Haverhill Rovers as a striker, but is being deployed as a central midfielder by Borough in his four games since joining.
“He’s been an excellent addition and made a real difference since he came in and he scored a cracking goal on Saturday (in the 5-0 win over Team Bury).
“He knows Shippers (first team coach Danny Shipton) well and knows Haverhill well having played for Rovers recently. I think he just likes what we are doing and wanted to be a part of it.”