Eastbourne Borough boss Tommy Widdrington believes his young squad will not be fazed by their lofty league position.
Borough find themselves in third position in the table following their 2-0 home victory against Staines Town last Saturday.
They are unbeaten in their last eight league matches and their play-off chances received a huge boost with the return of striker Jamie Taylor on-loan from Skrill South rivals Sutton United. Taylor was on the score sheet once more against Staines to make it four goals in three games since his return.
There was also a first goal for the club from recent signing Jack Deaman, who has slotted in well at left back in the last few matches.
With Charlie Gorman, Matt Aldred and Chris Shephard expected to return from injuries, Borough look in fine fettle as they approach the chaotic festive fixture list.
Their next five matches will see them away at Gosport tomorrow. On Boxing Day, they will face a potentially explosive clash with near rivals Whitehawk, swiftly followed by a trip to Tonbridge Angels on Saturday, December 28.
On New Year’s Day, they make the return trip to Whitehawk before they welcome second-place Eastleigh to the Lane on Saturday, January 4.
Widdrington said, “I was speaking to Ian Simpemba earlier this week and he feels the players have taken ownership of the situation. We are in third place at the moment and we know we will be targets and it’s up to us to deal with that.
“There is still a long way to go, we are a young squad and we have to take it game by game.”
The progress made this season has been huge but every good side needs a striker who can find the net consistently.
Taylor’s goals have been key in helping Borough to seven points from their last three games.
Widdrington added, “Of course we want Jamie to stay and I will be speaking to Paul Dosswell (Sutton United manager) to work out what’s best.”