Daventry Town boss Darran Foster believes there is still all to play for in the remainder of the season - and that the Purple Army still have a great chance of celebrating promotion in 2014.
Having had the past three matches postponed due to waterlogged pitches - the latest being Tuesday scheduled night’s trip to Potters Bar - Foster has been left frustrated with the lack of league action.
Daventry haven’t played since beating Northwood on December 28, with the subsequent fixtures against Kettering Town, Ashford and Potters Bar all called off.
It’s hardly an ideal situation for a team that is already playing catch-up on fixtures thanks to their FA Cup exploits, that saw them reach the first round for the first time in the club’s history.
It means Daventry still have as many as five games in hand on some of the teams around them at the top of the Calor League Division One Central.
The table is currently topped by Dunstable Town, who are 13 points better off than fifth-placed Daventry, who have four games in hand.
So Daventry are still very much in the promotion mix, and Foster said: “Obviously, my main ambition in 2014 is to get Daventry promoted.
“Of course this will be tough but it is an achievable goal.
“Dunstable Town are flying but Rugby, Kettering, Royston and Barton Rovers will all have a say in what goes on at the end of the season.
“We have now played Rugby Town twice and have Dunstable and Royston to play at home, so hopefully our excellent home record, having won all 10 games, could give us the edge in those two games.
“We are still to play Barton Rovers and Kettering Town, so there will be 12 very important points to be won from those four matches.”
Foster believes the 2-0 FA Cup first round defeat at league two high-flyers Chesterfield was something of a turning point in the clubs season so far, with injuries picked up to key players that day only just clearing up.
“I think we have now come through the worst of the injury crisis, which has plagued the club since the match in Chesterfield,” said Foster.
“For several weeks we had seven or eight players out on the treatment table, and I think we lost a little of the consistency which had helped us get off to such an excellent start to the season.”
The injuries were an issue, but Foster still looks back on the trip to Chesterfield, and the games that preceeded it, with the fondest memories.
“The FA Cup run was a truly emotional roller coaster, from the first game at home to Hillingdon Borough to the showpiece match at Chesterfield, this has to be one of the most memorable football occasions I have ever been involved in,” said Foster.
“The ‘Purple Army’ that day will stick in my mind for a long time to come, and I must thank the chairman Iain Humphrey for his work leading up to the day. He did everything right to help make it such a special occasion.
“The year 2013 was a very good one all round for Daventry Town. The club is now very stable and we have managed to keep the squad together on a new but successful pay structure. This was always going to be something of a big challenge.
“I can only thank the players for their commitment and loyalty to the club.
“This has definitely played a big part in our current campaign, as the level of consistency and positive results have shown a huge improvement on last season.
“I am looking forward to the challenges ahead in the New Year.”