Holbeach United joint-manager Graham Drury admits the course of his side’s season will be determined over the next four games.
The month of truth for the Tigers starts tonight with a crunch UCL Premier Division clash with third-placed Yaxley, with Holbeach just two points ahead but with a game in hand.
Yaxley were the last side to beat Holbeach with a 2-1 success in November since when the Tigers have gone on an eight-match winning run in league and cup competitions.
Drury said: “We need to make sure that we get revenge on Yaxley and that will be the key point myself and joint-manager John Chand will be making to the players tonight.
“What Yaxley are good at is playing with three men in midfield, but we’ve gone to 4-3-3 as well in the last few weeks and got the results.
“If we can stop them getting the ball up to the front men, then we’ll be set up to get the three points.”
Holbeach keep their hopes alive of success in four competitions with a 2-1 UCL Knockout Cup win over Rothwell Corinthians on Saturday, with goals by Lee Dube and Lee Beeson from the penalty spot.
Drury said: “Performance-wise, we didn’t reach top level but in the cups, it’s all about getting through to the next round and we achieved that.
“We were down for long periods of the game, but we dug in and got the result.”
Central to Saturday’s win was Dube who has scored 12 goals so far this season, using his pace and strength to terrorise defences.
Drury said: “Lee can be frustrating at times because he picks the wrong option.
“But when it comes off, he gets goals and Lee has made massive strides in a short period of time.
“When he’s on form and scoring, he has to play.”
After tonight’s clash with Yaxley, Holbeach host AFC Kempston Rovers on Saturday when ex-Tiger Ash Fuller returns to his old club. Then comes an FA Vase fourth round tie at Premier Division side Thurnby Nirvana, followed by a showdown with with league leaders AFC Rushden & Diamonds.
Drury said: “The league won’t be won or lost this month, but three points are big in this division where it’s difficult to make them up.
“Once they’ve gone, they’ve gone.”