The January 1 opening of the transfer window cannot come quickly enough for Tamworth player-manager Mark Cooper.
The Lambs secured one new recruit with the return of fans' favourite Scott Rickards from Redditch United, but Cooper has a hit-list of another three or four new additions in the next month's wheeler-dealing.
Cooper's squad has been ripped to pieces by injuries and suspensions which meant the unlikely sight of 17-year-old striker Nathan Jackson ending up as centre-half and 17-year-old right-back Mick Touhy playing at left-back in the Boxing Day draw with Burton Albion.
The spirit which has been highlighted in their FA Cup heroics shone through for a hard-fought point, but Cooper admits shuffling round pegs into square holes is no way to win a relegation battle.
"When you've got a small squad, every injury and suspension is magnified and we were so short against Burton that when Dave Bampton pulled his hamstring and had to come off I seriously had to think about replacing him with [assistant manager] Richard Dryden," said Cooper.
"I've got an idea of the players I want and hopefully I can get three or four even if that means a few players have to leave."
Rickards, who helped the Lambs win the Southern League title in 2003, can make his debut today against Altrincham at The Lamb as he is a non-contract player.
The Tamworth-based striker left in a £5,000 move to Kidderminster Harriers but never really got an extended chance to shine, and then joined Redditch last season.
The Lambs will be relieved that Adie Smith and Matt Redmile can return today after suspension. Bampton, however, is ruled out while recent signing Alan Nielson is rated only 50-50 with a hamstring injury.