Midlands Two East (North) survival is still a realistic possibility for Spalding as their eight-game date with destiny starts in Ashbourne on Saturday.
With Town only having to play one of the current top three - West Bridgford at Memorial Field on March 5 - between now and April, Bruno Figuireido’s side can aim for six wins from their remaining matches this season.
People have told me that the team are playing in a way they didn’t play last seasonBruno Figuireido, Spalding 1st XV coach
The Elephants hope to have fly-half James West back for the trip to Market Place after three weeks out with a hamstring strain.
But less certain is the fitness of West’s replacement Josh Broome who was helped off the field with a ligament injury during the 20-17 defeat to Market Bosworth on Saturday.
Figuireido said: “People have told me that the team are playing in a way they didn’t play last season.
“But losing is losing and nobody is happy with they lose.
“I hope the defeat on Saturday won’t affect the team because I think they are enjoying both the training and the games at the moment.”