Craig Elliott has given Boston United a favourable half-term report - but he knows there is still room for improvement within his squad.
Tomorrow’s Boxing Day clash with Alfreton (KO 3pm) will see the Pilgrims play their 21st National League North contest of the campaign.
And victory over the Reds would see United almost on track for the manager’s request of 20 wins for the season with 50 per cent of the fixtures completed.
“I think we’re six points behind where I wanted us to be,” Elliott said.
“My target is 20 wins for the season and 10 wins by half way, so we’re not far off that.
“I think we’re in touching distance of where I wanted us to be.
“How we could have got there could have been smoother but, even so, we’re thereabouts.”
There have been teething problems along the way, but Elliott believes that if his side can put a run of impressive performances together they can rectify the stuttering start and challenge for a play-off spot.
“The history and my experience of this league tells me the second half of this season is massive, more important than the first half,” Elliott added.
“We’ve given oursleves a chance so I’m fairly content.
“If you’d have offered me this at the start of the season, where we are away from the play-offs and top, I’d have taken that to be honest.
“We’re in striking distance. I’m not daft, you need to keep in touching distance.”
And with United out of all the cup competitions following an FA Trophy defeat at Wrexham, Elliott is determined to end on a high.
He said: “The positive is now there are no distractions. It is full on for the league now.
“We need to stop having these bumps in the road and find consistency, picking up points when we’re not playing well.
“It’s full on now for the second half of the season, to try to get into these play-offs.”
United’s 21st match of the season should have been at Spennymoor on Saturday, only for the contest to be postponed following an early-morning pitch inspection.