Wisbech Town boss Brett Whaley says he has been impressed with the response of his players since their exit from the FA Vase.
The Fenmen, who were due to travel to Deeping Rangers last night, were left with a blank weekend after original opponents Oadby had a number of players in county cup action.
Wisbech used the free Saturday to train and Whaley said: “The response of the players over the last couple of training sessions has been really, really positive.
“The players could have felt sorry for themselves but there has been a real buzz among the group.
“We’ve got a squad of 16 lads who all want to play and there’s lots of competition for places. We have a couple of players serving suspensions and another carrying an injury but it gives an opportunity to others.”
On Saturday, the Fenmen host Cogenhoe at the Elgood’s Stadium. Wisbech will be without Billy Smith, who starts a three-game suspension for his dismissal against Alvechurch, and Steven Reid who will serve a one-game ban.
“We lost 3-1 at Cogenhoe but in the second half we really battered them,” admitted Whaley. “If we can keep this group of players together our first aim is to try to catch the teams sitting in fourth, fifth and sixth in the table.
“The top two sides in the table both lost on Saturday and there’s still a long way to go.
“We need to put together a winning run of games, not just an unbeaten run.”
Wisbech will continue to use Chris Bacon sparingly with the frontman still nursing a foot injury.
“Chris has got one of those types of injuries which isn’t too bad one day and worse other days. He’s got a foot injury and it seems to be affecting his calf slightly as well because of the ligament.
“With both Billy and Steven being suspended, we may leave it until then before we use Chris.
“The key thing for us with injuries is that you don’t want to lose anyone for longer than you have to.”
On Tuesday, Wisbech host Soham in the last eight of the Cambs Invitation Cup.
“I’m quite looking forward to it as it is a quarter-final,” admitted Whaley. “The cups are still there to challenge for and it will be nice to have the pressure off going into that, especially if we can pick up a couple of positive results from our next two league games.”