Glen Clarence says his Heanor side are two wins away from a ‘decent’ start to the 2016/17 season.
The Lions boss says his team should be judged with the full context of who they’ve played and how they’ve fared in all competitions.
Ahead of Saturday’s visit of Boldmere St Michaels, Clarence’s men sit 13th in the Midlands Football League Premier but with at least one game in hand over every side above them.
Assessing the campaign so far he said: “It’s said the time to start judging a league table is after 10 games, if we win our two games in hand we will be on 18 points and will sit joint fourth after 10 games.
“This in my opinion would be a decent start to the season considering we have played most of the favourites to win the title, done well in the FA Cup, played three games in the FA Vase and at the time of writing are hopefully through.
“We’ve gone through to the next round of the League Cup and await the Derbyshire Cup draw.
“We have to win those two games in the league to get to that position and as I’ve said there before there are no easy games but my synopsis on how we’ve done up to date would be that we’ve done okay with the amount of games and level of opposition that we have had to face.”
That doesn’t mean Clarence is resting on his laurels however.
“Can we do better? Yes of course, because along with still being in every competition except the FA Cup, sitting fourth would be okay but we aspire to be first.”
On Saturday the side in 17th in the table visit Town Ground and Clarence predicts another stiff test for Heanor.
“I expect a tough game as always in the MFL, it’s an unforgiving league in which anyone can beat anyone,” he said.
“We beat them at their place last season on the opening day and a lot has changed no doubt for both teams since then.
“We give them the respect that they deserve but set out to beat them.”