Having been part of the Moseley side that was battered out of National One three years ago, Andy Binns understands what this season's promotion means to the club's players, officials and supporters.

"It fills everyone here with a massive amount of pride," said the experienced full-back as he prepared for today's trip to Barking, an encounter he described as 'the latest in a run of four or five banana skins'.

The fact that Binns and Moseley are even thinking in such cautious terms suggests even the first elevation in the club's history has not slaked their thirst for success. Nor should it, after more than two decades without a trophy, a spot of silverware is a tad overdue.

And most of them know it. As the final whistle went in last weekend's victory at Halifax, a result that confirmed their return to level two, the Moseley players formed a huddle and discussed their commitment to running through the season's finishing line and not tripping over it.

Moseley want to be champions: "Winning this league is our main goal," Binns continued. "It puts down a marker for next season and to be honest after beating Waterloo home and away we should be champions.

"We believe we are the best team in this league and coming top will show that, coming second won't. It would take the shine off the whole season if we were to come second."

In this respect the goalposts have most definitely moved. By Binns' own admission had he been guaranteed second-spot at the start of the campaign he'd have bitten off the donor's, hand, arm and shoulder. Not any more.

"The idea at the start was to get promoted and if someone had offered us second place then, we would have taken it, but the way we have played since Christmas has changed that.

"We've gone undefeated and missed only one bonus point, in the Waterloo win when just getting the result was the priority.

"If we win it that would give us some good momentum going into July and August and keep smiles on faces over the summer, if we finish the season on a low it could be at the back of players' minds when they come back in for next year."

And then comes the punchline. "It would also be a fitting response to the way we dropped out. It would take us back to National One having only lost two games throughout the season."

To do that they have to beat a Barking side that has won just one of its last seven National Two matches and has slipped from clear fourth to sixth in the table. Their cocktail of South Africans and South Sea Islanders, Frenchmen and even the odd Angle appears to have gone rather flat.

Today's appointment is Barking's last at home this season and Binns is sure the Essex side will want to sign off with a memorable victory and make amends for the 47-3 bashing they took at Billesley Common in December.

"They will want to put one over on us and not just because we gave them a good hammering here," he predicted. "They will want to take the scalp of Moseley, neither them, Launceston nor Manchester will do us any favours.

"The last few weeks they have all been potential banana skins and Barking is no different. The weather we had in Harrogate and Halifax meant they were always going to be really hard games.

"We have got through most of those so we want to carry that on and celebrate in style up at Manchester.

"There is always the danger that the edge might go after getting promoted but to be honest I don't the coaches or experienced players will let that happen. It's up to us to keep the players' feet on the ground."

There was no danger of their feet being anywhere else in their last match, a wallow in the mud at Ovenden Park.

With the pressure of needing to win to go up, the atrocious underfoot conditions, a 20-minute monsoon at the start of the game and a set of opponents desperate to spoil the party, last weekend's encounter could have been mightily difficult.

As it was Moseley started brutally and built an early advantage they never let slip. It was a professional piece of obstacle negotiation.

"They [Halifax] were a team that was never going to give up. They played a similar game to us but nowhere near as effectively. We got in, got the result and got out. It was a job well done.

"We are a very performance-oriented team but Saturday was about the result and not too much about performance."

The same might be said for this afternoon's game. A bonus point victory would equal Doncaster's total last year - with two fixtures left - and three more wins would take them to 24 in a single campaign equalling Worcester's record for a 26 match season set in 1998. As Binns said, there's plenty to play for.