An eighth successive win ensured a happy Christmas for Spalding United going into the festive programme.
The Tulips took their unbeaten league run into double figures thanks to Saturday’s 2-1 home victory over Loughborough Dynamo.
Second-half goals from midfielders Jack McGovern and Mitch Griffiths – who was named man of the match – kept Spalding in fourth place in the Evo-Stik League First Division South.
Pat Rayment’s in-form team head to Lincoln United on Boxing Day before Sunday’s showdown with leaders Sutton Coldfield Town and another game at the Sir Halley Stewart Field on New Year’s Day against Carlton Town.
Tulips boss Rayment reflected on “three worthy points” after Loughborough had quickly cancelled out McGovern’s opener at the start of the second half.
He said: “We had the majority of the game and looked for an early breakthrough.
“We got that but in the blink of an eye they equalised.
“We had first-half chances and got on top. Overall we must have had 80-90 per cent of the play.
“We know teams are going to come here and play with one up front, trying to hit us on the counter-attack.
“So we’ve got to score early to open teams up and that’s when the game will spread out.
“When we can bring on players like Lee Clarke and Tom Waumsley, it makes such a difference.
“I’m sure Lincoln will be fired up for us on Friday but we are the top form team in the division.
“We won’t change the way we play. Even when a couple of people are not playing that well, we can still win games.”
Jordan Nuttell missed Saturday’s game following illness but he is expected to join Tuesday night’s training session.