Boston United are hoping that leading scorer Dayle Southwell will be back from injury within the next two weeks.
When the striker pulled up with a hamstring injury during the Pilgrims’ 2-1 FA Trophy victory over Workington last month, manager Dennis Greene feared his 13-goal summer signing would be sidelined well into January.
However, United have received some good news, learning that the former Grimsby Town man could well be in line for a swift return to action.
“He’s responding well to treatment so it doesn’t look as bad as we first thought,” said Greene, who is targeting December 20’s visit to title favourites Barrow for Southwell’s return.
“When he did it I thought that’s four to six weeks, but we could now be looking at two to three weeks - and that’s one week gone.
“Potentially he might be fit for Barrow.”
Southwell looks unlikely to be in contention for Saturday’s visit to North Ferriby United, as the Pilgrims look to progress in the FA Trophy at the expense of their Vanarama North rivals.
The forward has made a superb start to his United career, scoring 13 times in his first full season of senior football.
But in his absence on Saturday, Marc Newsham netted the all-important equaliser as the Pilgrims earned a point against Brackley at York Street - his first goal in a 10-month period blighted by a knee injury.