And despair is not a word that’s been used much in the Stockport County camp this season.
Jim Gannon’s men are on fire and have leaders Chorley firmly in their sights as they prepare to host third-place Spennymoor Town.
Chester joint-boss Anthony Johnson has challenged his team to reproduce their exceptional home form on the road.
No better time like now – a trip to Altrincham provides a golden opportunity to climb back into the play-off places.
Brackley’s FA Trophy exit could be a blessing in disguise as they now turn their full attentions to cementing their top-seven finish. This week’s hosts Blyth Spartans aren’t fully out of the running yet but know they must improve sharpish to stand a chance.
A win for Boston could do wonders for their hopes of a play-off place, they could reel in sixth-placed AFC Telford with a win in Lincolnshire.
Leaders Chorley head to Darlington hoping to stabilise their form while Steve Watson takes his York City side to Leamington.
One apiece in the two games Hereford and FC United of Manchester have already played out this season. The Rebels desperately need a win to close the gap to safety.
Guiseley could be staring a double relegation in the face if they don’t start picking up points soon. With just one win since New Year’s Day, taking three points from Southport is a must.
It’s been a rollercoaster start for Mark Yates at Kidderminster Harriers but they’re firmly in the hunt. Nuneaton Borough are in town this week looking for their second win since October.
Curzon Ashton will be hoping a trip to Bradford (Park Avenue) can reignite their form after back-to-back defeats.
Strugglers Ashton United have picked up some big wins on the road this season and will be hoping for more of the same against Alfreton.
Saturday's National League North fixtures:
Alfreton Town v Ashton United
Altrincham v Chester
Blyth Spartans v Brackley Town
Boston United v AFC Telford United
Bradford (Park Avenue) v Curzon Ashton
Darlington v Chorley
FC United of Manchester v Hereford
Guiseley v Southport
Kidderminster Harriers v Nuneaton Borough
Leamington v York City
Stockport County v Spennymoor Town