MORPETH Town manager Nick Gray is thrilled with how well his side has done so far this season.
And if the team can come through some tough tests in the coming weeks, there is a chance that Northern League First Division football could return to Craik Park.
Town are currently in seventh place in Division Two with 41 points from 24 games and are unbeaten in six league matches.
They are three points off the final promotion place (third) with two games in hand, although a couple of teams behind them have even more fixtures to make up.
This is a far cry from last season when they finished bottom of the table and Gray has praised everyone involved with the club for the turnaround.
“At the start of the season, I had 35 players and I wanted to give them all a chance, which was a factor in us only getting two points from our first four games,” he said.
“But once things settled down, I went with a squad of 18 or 19 and they have gelled together really well both on and off the pitch.
“They work very hard for each other and they never give up, even when we’ve gone two or three goals down.
“I’m delighted with how things have gone so far. At the start of the season, our main aim was consolidation in the league and making sure we weren’t one of the whipping boys.
“However, we are up near the top and if we can get through the next six weeks when we play teams that are either ahead of us or just behind us in the table, we will certainly be in the mix for promotion.
“We’ve got a lot of home matches left and the furthest we’ll have to travel in our remaining away fixtures is Brandon in County Durham.
“We’re always creating chances to score and the only slight criticism I have of the team so far this season is that we haven’t killed teams off enough.
“The chairman and club committee have all been great with me and this has helped me to get on with the job. My backroom staff have also played a big part in getting Morpeth back to winning ways.”
l Town’s match at home to Washington on Monday was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch. Morpeth travel to Hebburn Town on Saturday.