‘Prove me wrong’ is the message from Holbeach United boss Seb Hayes to his squad.
He had written off their title prospects following a 1-0 defeat at Cogenhoe United last weekend.
However, the Tigers are only six points off top spot with three games in hand after Tuesday night’s 4-0 win at Peterborough Northern Star.
Mitch Griffiths, Stacy Cartwright, Will Bird and Danny Barker were on target for Holbeach’s 10th away win in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division.
Hayes said: “I’m not getting carried away but this was a massive step in the right direction.
“The statistics over the last 12 games have shown why I don’t believe we are title contenders.
Our targets have not changed since the start of the season when we spoke about the top five in the league and winning a cup.Seb Hayes
“It’s up to the players to go out there and prove me wrong.
“We have dropped too many points and not scored enough goals.
“This might be the start of something for us but we need to finish the season without any regrets.
“We’ve been inconsistent over 12 games, even though we got some big wins in there.
“There is still a chance we can win silverware in the Lincolnshire FA Senior Trophy final.
“Our targets have not changed since the start of the season when we spoke about the top five in the league and winning a cup.
“We are bang on target and anything extra would be a massive bonus.”
Hayes returned from a five-game stadium ban to lead Holbeach against his former club Peterborough Northern Star.
He added: “I thought we looked something like our old selves from the start of the game.
“We pressed the ball, gave them no time and forced the mistakes.
“I was really happy with the level we played at for 90 minutes.
“We looked a threat and we were dangerous going forward.
“We were solid defensively, hard-working in midfield and creative on the attack.
“Now we have to make sure we back it up at home to Sileby Rangers on Saturday and over the next three or four games.
“When we played like we did on Tuesday, we are a very hard team to play against.
“There is still an extra 20 per cent to come but I didn’t expect that performance so soon after what happened on Saturday.
“We could have won 6-0 or 7-0 but I’m not really bothered about that now.
“Goal difference is pretty irrelevant because we need to win games and get back into the mix.
“Whoever puts a winning run together will win the title. Yaxley are the only team to have done it consistently because everyone else has slipped up.
“We can’t afford play poorly against free-scoring teams like Wisbech Town and Newport Pagnell Town.
“We’ve got to do what we are good at and improve on what we are not good at.”