Boston Town have emerged from a testing run of games with their top four credentials enhanced.
In the space of just over a month, they’ve come up against four of their five closest rivals at the top end of the table – plus tough FA Vase and county cup ties.
And in that time, only Anstey Nomads have beaten them in the league, with highly-fancied Hanley also edging them out in the Vase.
Gary Edgley’s side will now hope to consolidate their position in the UCL Premier North as they face lower-ranked teams.
Between now and the end of the year, they have fixtures against Pinchbeck, Newark, Selston and Sleaford, all of whom are currently in the bottom six.
At the weekend, the Poachers are away at Pinchbeck, who have lost nine games in a row. But they’ll be wary that the Knights will be particularly keen to end that sequence against their local rivals – not least because they’ve recently recruited Pat Kacirek and Zane Millar from Boston as well as former Poacher Nick Jackson from Holbeach.