Mark Yates has told Kidderminster Harriers to use the final embers of 2007 to ignite a play-off challenge for 2008.
Kidderminster head to surprise package Forest Green Rovers today (3pm) before facing former League colleagues Oxford United and York City, plus a return against Forest Green, in the next ten days.
While it is not quite make-or-break for Harriers, Yates knows they can set down a marker with a positive festive run.
"We are tenth at the moment and we want to be nearer the pack come January," said Yates. "We need to get better, we are not kidding ourselves. But the games come thick and fast at this time of the season.
"We've got matches against teams in and around us and if we can win and take points off them we will be a lot closer to where we want to be."
Harriers will have to rule out skipper Stuart Whitehead for the trips to Forest Green and Oxford after the defender was sent off in last Saturday's Setanta Shield win at Hinckley.
But Yates will have keeper Scott Bevan, defenders Mark Creighton and Paul Bignot, midfielders Russ Penn and Michael Blackwood, plus striker Justin Richards all in contention today after they were rested.
Richard Dryden is hoping Worcester City's excellent win at Harrogate Town can spark their Yuletide push towards the Blue Square North play-off zone.
Having breached fortress Wetherby Road to defeat title-chasing Harrogate last Saturday, seventh-placed City seek a fifth successive win since Dryden took over as manager when they entertain Redditch United (11.30).
"If you go back a few weeks the majority of people connected with Worcester City were looking anxiously at the relegation zone, rather than the play-offs," said Dryden. "I've been delighted with the response from the players but I know and they know they have got to keep improving."
City should have a full squad available but Redditch will still be without Graham Deakin, who serves the second game of a three-match ban.
Reds boss Gary Whild hopes winger Alex Cowley will get the all-clear to play after damaging a bone in his hand at work.
Tamworth will be bolstered by the returns of Kirk Jackson and Luke Edwards for their home test against AFC Telford United (12.30).
The pair were cup-tied in the Setanta Shield against Burton but manager Gary Mills will also have his fingers-crossed Dave Bampton and Dominic Langdon, who suffered foot injuries in training last week, could be fit. Skipper Adie Smith is still having treatment for his knee injury.
Telford, who lie fifth in the table, will await a fitness update on loan striker Michael Husbands, who has missed the last couple of games with a knee problem.
But the Bucks will be able to recall Carl Rodgers and Chris Cornes at The Lamb. The midfield pair missed the dramatic win against Vauxhall Motors through suspension.
Gilbert Cummins is the only injury doubt for Solihull Moors as they welcome Mark Cooper's title-chasing Kettering Town to Damson Park (3.00).
Cummins, who has had a stop-start time with injury since joining from Bedworth United, is struggling with a pelvic problem.