Title-chasing Bulwell head to Coronation Park this weekend to face Eastwood CFC with Reds boss Paul MacFarland well aware of the tough challenge his side faces.
Eastwood remain without a win in the Central Midlands League as they continue to fine tune in what is the club’s first ever season.
And with three games coming up against sides in the upper echelons of the table, MacFarland says it’s important to remain positive.
“This season we’ve actually done quite well against sides higher up and the only pressure on us is relative to our own targets, which revolve around getting a win or two under our belts and continuing to make progress,” he said.
“We’re in the habit of starting and finishing games well but it’s the bit in the middle which remains my biggest concern, so our game management needs to improve.
“I think the squad we have now is more settled and certainly capable of getting us a few points to add to the three draws we picked up around Christmas.”
Bulwell are second in the league and three points behind leaders Mickleover Royals, although Royals have five games in hand and look strong favourites to be champions by the end of the season.
Eastwood’s aim, meanwhile, remains to try and catch the likes of Holbrook St Michaels and Southwell City above them, something MacFarland believes can certainly still happen.
He said: “There’s no relegation but nobody wants to finish bottom.
“We didn’t play last Saturday due to a waterlogged pitch but managed to get a good training session in elsewhere in which we worked hard to ensure the players understand how we’re going to play and each of their roles.
“Everyone’s still really positive. It’s been a huge learning curve but there is potential for a great future here once the building blocks are put in place.
“I’m happy that the ambition is in place to take the club higher in due course. The off-pitch facilities are excellent and can work hand-in-hand with the football side of things to help build the club as a whole, and the fans have given valuable input as to what they want to see happen which has been taken on board.”