Spalding United’s Evo-Stik Division One South ambitions are facing a hasty revision after their fifth league win in a row over West Midlands side Romulus on Saturday.
But Tulips assistant-boss Marcus Ebdon is still targeting the play-offs as a more realistic goal despite seeing his side score their 23rd goal in the last seven matches in all competitions.
Ebdon said: “It wasn’t a game for the purists of football but we did tell the lads that they had to play to the conditions.
“Our pitch isn’t the best at the minute, but our lads did really well in the conditions and on the pitch.
“We told the lads at half-time that it was going to be a set-piece or a mistake that would decide the game and as long as we didn’t make the mistake, we knew that our back four would be different class.
“Jordan Hempenstall has come in and done really well for us, his hold-up play is brilliant and his vision is superb as well, bringing other players into play for us.”
Spalding face a 230-mile round trip to north Shropshire on Saturday when they visit Market Drayton Town who have only won one out of their last ten matches.
Ebdon said: “When you go on a run like ours, you want games to come and the worst thing is that we haven’t got midweek games.
“We want to keep the run going because we know at some stage it will end, so we’re a bit gutted that we haven’t got midweek games.
“The lads we’ve got in are playing brilliantly for us but we always said the play-offs were the ambition at the beginning of the season.
“Going straight up would be unbelievable but we’re still keeping the play-offs in mind and that’s what we’re going for.”
The Tulips’ winning run is keeping fans of goalkeeper Michael Duggan happy, with more than 30 students from Sir John Gleed School where the Spalding stopper works on hand to cheer him on loudly.
Duggan said: “The Year 11 boys from the school are really loving it, making a bit of noise, and I hope they keep on coming.
“We knew one goal would win it, a bit of quality at some point, just to put it out of reach. Romulus made us work for it but with Nathan Stainfield and Jamie Stevens back together, I’m a bit worried that they’ll start charging me for watching games because I’m not doing a lot – and getting cold in the process.”