TOMORROW Eastwood Town get back to pursuit of a play-off position with a trip to Crosby in Liverpool for a UniBond Premier fixture against the original promotion favourites, Marine.
Our hosts currently hold down third place, four points ahead of Eastwood but having played two games more.
A victory for The Badgers would complete a league double and greatly enhance our promotion prospects.
Of our two new signings, Marc Smith looks sure to come straight in to replace Matt Rhead but Iain Screaton may have to be content with a place on the bench.
Travelling arrangements - Chewton Street at 11.15am and my usual warning, book and pay!
Player movements - Marc Smith, the 6ft 5in striker, needs no introduction to Badgers fans as he was a great favourite before leaving for Harrogate Town about seven years ago.
Marc has been tempted back from Guiseley and should be a real asset, initially as Matt Rhead's replacement but in the long-term the pair will pose a frightening challenge to any defence.
Iain Screaton is an intensely competitive and very influential midfielder, who joins us from Lincoln United on the recommendation of John Ramshaw, who confidently predicts a great future for his protege.
David Brown's second month's loan has expired and Paul Cox is actively pursuing another extension with Nottingham Forest. All our fans will be praying that the popular teenage striker could yet play out the season at Coronation Park.
Matt Rhead's four-game ban should be served at Marine, Guiseley (Jan 15), Hednesford at home (Jan 19) and at Whitby (Jan 26).
Our Notts Senior Cup tie will now be played at Cannon Park, Retford, on Tuesday, February 12 at 7.45pm.
After we agreed to switch from February 5 to accommodate Retford United, our request for a 7.30pm kick-off was opposed by our hosts and the Notts FA ruled 7.45pm.
Their reason was ' the later kick-off time gives clubs and match officials more leeway.'
Since our floodlights were switched on in 1981 we have, to the best of my knowledge, never kicked off in a Senior Cup tie later than 7.30pm. That includes finals of which we've played more than any other club and when we were not playing we usually hosted the event.
It will be interesting if the county association switches the 2007/8 final kick-off to 7.45pm or, perhaps 8pm, 'to accommodate clubs and officials.'
I can recall when the Nottinghamshire County FA's paid staff consisted of secretary Terry Annable with his wife Barbara helping in a part-time capacity.
In those very low-tech days, Terry was in his office before 7am when most of my business was transacted on my way to work.
Although the county association then had the largest Sunday football competition in the country, Mr and Mrs Annable, later assisted by Mick Kilbee, coped, seemingly effortlessly, with all administration even when disciplinary cases reached frightening levels.
It was, as I recall, relatively easy to get access to expert advice by phone or personal call.
When Mick took over so did that law that states 'work expands to fully occupy the staff employed.'
Nowadays, an automated telephone system makes contact a nightmare despite, I'd guess, a ten-fold staffing increase.
In Terry's day and - I'll gladly concede - when Mick took over, we had regular visits from top Notts FA officials, but now, apart from John Waterall, we never see anyone from Clarendon Street.
Because of personal reasons, Mick stepped down as secretary to serve in another part-time role. I understand the new chief executive is a young lady and as a top non-league club in the county we'd love to extend to her our hospitality.
On Sunday, may I remind all directors, vice-presidents and voluntary workers, new chairman Rob Yong has called a special meeting to produce his detailed plans for 'the way ahead'.
Rob has pledged his committed support for a minimum of five years in his determination to achieve Blue Square Premier status. In his own vernacular, I'd not bet against him.
Little has gone right this season for our hapless under-19 side, but 'Bob' Jones and John Smith are justifiably proud of the sensational progress of their 18-year-old Clipstone-based player Michael Hewitt.
I gave the youngster's bid for international honours a brief mention some time ago, and, since then, Michael has exceeded all our hopes.
He has made it to the English youth side's final trials at Lilleshall this weekend. The best wishes of all at Eastwood go with Michael and we hope to see his efforts win a coveted cap.
Old rivals Winterton Rangers had their FA Vase dreams shattered after their third round victory over Pickering Town had given them a trip to Merstham in the fourth round on January 19.
The FA has reinstated Pickering after Rangers were found to have played Rob Northern while the player was under Lincolnshire FA suspension. Winterton forfeit the third round prize money of 1,200 but escape a fine.
Ex-UniBond outfits Droylsden and Farsley Celtic are struggling badly in the Blue Square Premier with Dave Pace's side at the bottom and the Leeds-based club just four places higher.
Both lost at home last Saturday and their gates of around 400 each were by far the lowest of the day.
In Blue Square North, both of our neighbours Alfreton Town and Hucknall Town had bad days. Alfreton were the latest victims of Stalybridge's predatory striker Chris Hall who scored four goals to pip the Reds at their Impact Arena.
Alfreton, who relegated ex-Badger Peter Knox to the bench yet again, did not use our once lethal striker. Despite this they came back from 3-1 down to draw level at 3-3, but Hall got his last in 79 minutes to break home hearts.
Hucknall were victims of another 'hot' striker, teenager Jordan Stepien, who is on loan from Bury. Stepien put Nuneaton Borough ahead, and, after Ian Robinson equalised, the youngster got his second in injury-time to dump David Lloyd's team.
The FA non-league systems manager, Mike Appleby, announced he has received 57 applications from step five clubs seeking promotion to the Ryman, BGB and UniBond leagues this year.
UniBond aspirants include Colne, Congleton, Flixton, Newcastle Town, Runcorn Linnets, Salford, Silsden, Trafford and Winsford from NWC, Armthorpe, Glapwell, Pickering and Selby from NCE and Durham City, Dunston Fed and Whitley Bay from the Northern League.
The Non-League Paper's UniBond expert, Neil Parsley, predicts Witton Albion will 'walk' promotion and forecasts Fleetwood, Gateshead, Buxton and either Marine or Eastwood to make the play-off competition.
Re-assuring for Badgers fans who can recall being quoted as 'relegation certainties' by bookmakers last August.
I have received a couple of complaints about incidents at the end of the Eastwood Town v Witton Albion match. Apparently confusion about ensuring that both teams left the field unmolested contributed to a crush involving mainly visiting fans.
My information, so far, is that an Eastwood Town season-ticket holder was hit by a plastic bottle and his clothes soaked by the contents.
In addition, one of our stewards, attempting to man a barrier, was injured when an impatient fan kicked out at the obstacle.
I will ensure that any complaint is thoroughly investigated and will provide a written reply to any complainant.
May I invite anyone with relevant information to have a word with me.