Boston Town manager Nathan Collins admits that his Poachers are still far from the finished article - but he is impressed by the way the Poachers continue to improve.
In recent weeks Town have pulled themselves out of the UCL Premier’s relegation zone, even recording a fine 2-1 victory at the expense of highflying AFC Rushden & Diamonds.
However, Collins still believes more work needs to be done at Tattershall Road.
He told The Standard: “If the season was to begin today I don’t think we’d be good enough yet to be up there challenging.
“There are a handful of teams, five or six, who are up there.
“But I do think we’re getting better and better with every game... a few weeks ago we were in the bottom two.”
Collins says the club are currently looking at ‘intense’ restructuring - including bringing back a reserve team - to aid the club in its bid to become one of the UCL Premier’s elite once again.
Meanwhile, his main priority is to ensure the first team continues to evolve.
Boston’s six-match unbeaten run came to an end on Saturday, when a makeshift Poachers side were beaten 1-0 at third-placed Cogenhoe United.
Tom Liversidge’s 61st-minute penalty settled the contest.
But on Boxing Day, goals from Josh Ford and Matt Kennedy helped Town stretch their winning run at home to five matches with a 2-1 derby success over Sleaford Town.
Ford netted his 15th of the season before Tom Garrick pulled the visitors level.
But Kennedy had the final say with a late strike from distance.
Town now host Desborough on Saturday, and victory could see the Poachers leapfrog their 12th-placed opponents in the standings.
Boston are currently 15th in the UCL Premier table.
Kick off at Tattershall Road is at 3pm.