Lancaster City boss Darren Peacock believes his squad is the strongest it has been all season.
The Dolly Blues are without captain Neil Marshall as he recovers from an operation on his groin but have been bolstered by the return of popular striker Jordan Connerton from Kendal Town.
The head coach is therefore pleased with what he has at his disposal in the run up to Christmas with games against several top sides on the horizon, starting with the trip to Farsley on Saturday.
Connerton is short of match fitness after a groin operation of his own but could be fit enough pull on a Dolly Blue shirt again in Yorkshire on Saturday.
The 24-year-old holds the Dolly Blues record for most goals in a season, netting 38 in the 2009-2010 season which saw him secure a move to Crewe Alexandra.
He has however struggled with injuries since and after nearly rejoining City in the summer of 2012 he spent a season with Workington Reds before joining Kendal in the summer.
Peacock said: “Jordan trained with us on Tuesday and will play for the reserves on Thursday.
“It’s always good to bring in quality players and that’s what we’re trying to do.
“He’s still a young lad and his record speaks for itself.
“We’ve created plenty of chances so far this season and not always taken them so he gives us more options up front.
“I’m delighted to have him and apart from Marshy (Marshall) the squad is the strongest it has been all season with injuries and other things.
“We’ve got a run up until Christmas that includes Farsley and then (top two) Warrington and Curzon.
“So it’s good we’ve got those games coming up when we’ve got the strongest squad we’ve had for a while.”
The trip to Farsley sees fifth-placed City face a side one place above them in the Evo-Stik First Division North with Peacock hoping his side can build on a battling 1-0 victory over Northwich Victoria at Giant Axe on Saturday.
He said: “It’s a big for us and a big game for them.
“I’ve watched the Northwich game on DVD and it was pleasing.
“We didn’t create many chances but Killer (Tom Kilifin) got a great cross in for the goal.
“Clean sheets are what we want because we can build from there and hopefully it will carry on on Saturday.”