Adam Knight feels people are starting to take Woodford United seriously again.
And the player-boss is hoping to cap his club’s recovery with a top-six finish and some silverware this season.
Woodford were in the doldrums when Knight took over in the summer, having won just one of 42 UCL Division One games last season.
But the new man has turned things around, steering the Reds into the top 10 ahead of the start of their NFA Junior Cup campaign, at Brackley Sports this Saturday.
Knight is desperate to go all the way in that competition as he bids to make this a hugely successful season for the struggling club.
And he has been boosted by the signing of former Daventry Town and Rushden & Diamonds player Joe Henderson, who he feels is a symbol of the Woodford resurgence.
“It’s great because people are starting to take the club seriously again and the fact we’ve managed to get someone like Joe in shows that,” said Knight.
“If we manage to stay where we are in the league then that would be brilliant but I want to kick on and push for the top six.
“We’d also love to win the Junior Cup because it’s something a lot of clubs around us will be aiming for.
“It would be massive to bring some silverware to Woodford after what the club’s been through and it would be a springboard.”
Woodford had been on a three-match winning streak before being edged out by Peterborough Sports last weekend.
But Knight was not disheartened by that 2-1 home defeat, instead taking plenty of positives from his side’s performance against the second-placed side.
“Saturday was almost like a victory for us,” he said. “We put a plan in place which was effective and they said we were one of the best sides they’ve faced this season.”
Long Buckby remain rooted to the bottom of the UCL Premier Division following their 4-1 defeat at fellow strugglers Oadby Town on Wednesday night.
The Poachers moved out of the bottom four with what was only their second league win of the campaign.
The defeat leaves Buckby six points adrift at the foot of the table.
A double strike from Jurelle Phillip after six and 10 minutes gave Oadby a great start.
Ryan Merrey converted an 18th minute penalty to put Buckby back in the game.
Conrad secured the two-goal Oadby margin six minutes before the break, and Rob Morgan sealed the Poachers success two minutes before the hour mark.
Buckby travel to Huntington on Saturday.