Darren Peacock believes his Lancaster City side are gelling at just the right time as they enter a crucial period of their season.
The Dolly Blues began a tough run of games with an impressive 3-1 victory over Evo-Stik First Division North leaders Warrington Town at Giant Axe on Saturday.
It was a result that leaves his side six points off the top of the table in sixth, two points behind third-placed Curzon Ashton who City visit on Saturday in what will again be a real test of their promotion credentials.
Peacock said: “We looked at the Christmas fixtures a couple of weeks ago and it’s always an important time of any season.
“But they are especially difficult fixtures for us against some of the top teams and Saturday was only the first of them with Curzon and Kendal (on Boxing Day) to come.
“The best thing is that the squad really seems to be gelling together well and apart from Marshy (captain Neil Marshall) we’re as strong as we’ve been for a while in terms of injuries and suspensions.”
Simon Wills and Mark Jackson scored either side of a goal from the ever-improving Jordan Connerton on Saturday as City came from behind to beat Shaun Reid’s Wire in atrocious conditions.
And Peacock believes it was probably his side’s best victory of the season so far.
The City boss said: “We learnt a lot from the first half when we were playing with the wind and maybe adapted better than they did in the second half.
“I’ve never played in conditions like that with the wind so strong.
“But it was good to see us try and play football even though it was almost impossible at times.
“I was pleased with the performance, the goals and the amount of chance we created because we had a few before they took the lead.
“On paper it was a really difficult game because even though they’d lost the week before they are flying at the top.
“They’ve got a strong squad and finances that we dream of.
“So I think it could be our best win of the season.
“We beat them away in the second game of the season but in the context of the wind and rain, going behind and the fact they’re top of the league it might be our best win so far.”
Rob Henry is struggling to be fit for the trip to Greater Manchester after being substituted early on against Warrington with Ryan Winder set to serve the final game of his three-match ban.
Captain Neil Marshall continues to target a New Year return to the side after groin surgery.
His column will return in the January 9 edition of the Lancaster Guardian.