Lancaster City boss Darren Peacock believes his side can overhaul Saturday’s opponents Farsley by the end of the season.
The Dolly Blues, 12th in the table, are 10 points behind the Yorkshire side with eight games to go, starting with the Evo-Stik First Division North trip to Throstle Nest.
It is not unfamiliar territory for City having lost there 3-0 in the Doodson Sport Cup last month.
Darren Peacock’s side did however win at Giant Axe by the same scoreline on the opening day of the season.
The Blues boss said: “We did well in the first half of the cup game against Farsley and played some good football.
“They pulled away in the second half but after winning on the first day of the season we know we can cause them problems.
“Their results have been up and down and we’re looking forward to it.
“We’ve still got a chance to catch them up.”
Peacock takes his side to Yorkshire for the second Saturday in a row having ended a run of two defeats with a 3-1 win at Brighouse Town on Saturday.
He said: “I thought we did well in the first half against a big, physical side.
“We moved the ball around well and the goal was really well worked.
“The lads were a bit more dynamic and looked like they wanted in more than against Ossett Town.
“It was a deserved three points.”
The Brighouse game was the first of a run of three away games with the trip to Farsley followed by a match at struggling Prescot Cables on Tuesday night with the Dolly Blues seemingly enjoying life on the road more than at Giant Axe this season. Peacock said: “The lads seem to be more relaxed and more focused on the job in hand (away from home).
“I’m sure that’s not the case but that’s the way it looks sometimes.”
Off the field the Evo-Stik League transfer window closed on Thursday with no incomings for the Blues.
Peacock said: “A lot of our lads have been playing really well and we want to give the young lads a full season.
“We’re looking to next season as well.
“We’ve told the current squad we want to keep them together and add to it next year.
“We want the right people and won’t be bringing inferior people into the squad.”
Mike Hale will miss the Prescot game due to work commitments with Michael Donlon set to get a rare chance to deputise.
Garry Hunter and Sam Bailey picked up knocks against Brighouse Town but are expected to be fit to face Farsley. Lee Dodgson is unavailable.
Two sessions are being held for those interested in joining Lancaster City’s new under 18 academy side.
Players aged 16 to 18 are invited to the 3G pitch at Lancaster University on April 1 and 7 at 10.45am.
The team will play in the NPL Football Academy and FA Youth Cup next season. Students will also study for a BTEC in Sport.