ALFRETON Town manager Gary Mills is currently busying himself trying to freshen up his squad ahead of a busy second half of the season.
The Reds boss is keen to bring in a couple of new faces to bolster a squad which is in need of additional strength in depth despite the return from injury of defender Mark Barnard this week.
Whether Mills is able to bring in more players before the January transfer window opens remains to be seen. If not, it won't be for lack of trying, but if he doesn't manage to, that period would just open up more avenues for the Reds boss any way.
Despite him being unavailable through injury for the last three weeks of a month's loan, last week saw former Notts County striker Steve Scoffham's official loan spell from Burton Albion come to an end and that will free up a space for Mills to try and bring in another striker amongst other targets.
It has been a frustratingly fragmented first half of the season with the Reds twice sitting idle for a fortnight and a ten day break before Tuesday evening's Derbyshire Senior Cup quarter final clash against Ilkeston Town, and manager Gary Mills will be hoping for far more continuity and consistency in the second half of the campaign.
The Reds will reach the half way stage of the Conference North campaign before the New Year's Day fixture at Hucknall Town.
Currently sat on having played 19 of the 42 league games, the half way point will be brought up by the always eagerly anticipated visit of Hucknall Town on Boxing Day (3pm) and another local derby on Saturday, December 30 when Worksop Town visit the Impact Arena.
The need to build up in numbers is paramount as the Reds also face a tough start to the New Year with the trip to Hucknall being followed by a home clash against current league leaders Droylsden on January 6 and a trip to fifth-placed Harrogate Town on January 9.
The Under-19s are without a fixture before the end of the year and are next in action on January 3 when they will attempt to play the already twice postponed league cup quarter final at Handsworth (7.45pm).