Hucknall Town ended 2015 on a high with a sixth Central Midlands League South Division win on the trot, beating visitors Hucknall Rolls Leisure 2-0 in their festive local derby.
That left Town in second spot, three points adrift of Belper United with a game in hand with Rolls seven points behind them in sixth.
“It was a good way to end the year and the first part of the season,” said Town boss Andy Graves.
“We are doing all right and we are where I thought we’d be.
“There is still a long way to go yet but I am pleased with the way things are going.
“We have a very difficult January, starting with Pinxton at home on Saturday, then games with Sherwood, Swanwick, Selston, Southwell and Belper.
“It’s a tough month and if we can come out of it relatively unscathed then we will be in an even better position than we are now.”
Saturday’s win was achieved, despite playing much of it with 10 men after a red card for Cameron Davidson for two bookable offences and Graves added: “It was a good derby win, especially with 10 men again.
“I thought we controlled large parts of the game and even when we went down to 10 men we still looked threatening.
“It seems to be a thing playing with 10 men against Rolls, the same player too.
“But suspensions could be costly to us with availability of players and it’s costly to the club with more revenue to the FA as well.
“Yet we are by no means a dirty side. If anything I’d rather they were more physical in a controlled manner.
“We seem to get a lot of silly cautions. The player himself needs to look at the silly things he gives away. I have no complaints about the sending-off - I think Cammy just likes showering on his own.
“But there were some tackles flying about and you do get inconsistency. Their player that gave away the penalty was the last man and he didn’t even get spoken to.”
Graves revealed he has already boosted his squad for the second half of the season.
He said: “I have signed Joe Ashurst from Radford, a local lad we have been keeping tabs on for a long while, and our patience has paid off as we nearly signed a striker before the postponed Linby game.
“With suspensions and injuries Joe will be a good addition to a competitive squad.”