Gavin Hogg is looking for his Bury St Edmunds team to pick up where they left off last year after enjoying a welcome break.
After seeing last week’s game away at Thurrock postponed due to the adverse weather, Bury kick off the new year with a visit from eighth- placed Tring to the Haberden tomorrow (3pm).
And with his side heading into the winter break on the back of successive victories over Hertford and Barking, Hogg is keen to extend their winning sequence and maintain their place within the National League Three London and South East top five.
“The Thurrock game was one we looked at as a difficult match so soon after Christmas so we welcomed the extra preparation time and training sessions,” he said.
“We had two good performances before the break and we are now looking to pick up where we left off.
“Everything is in place to maintain our position within the top five and we are happy with where we are.
“To be top of that chasing pack behind the leaders is nice and probably a fair reflection of how we’ve performed.
“If we can now pick off one or two of those ahead of us than that would be fantastic.
“Our performances haven’t been a complete surprise to us because we were always positive about how we would do and I think this division suits our style.
“It has also been a massive learning experience and we have learnt that any small mistake will be punished.”
That extra week’s rest from action has already paid dividends for Bury with the news of possible returns of Codey Gray and Aaron Waters to contention after recovering from injuries.
However, despite being confident of kicking the year off in style, Hogg is well aware another victory is far from guaranteed.
“Tring don’t really have any weaknesses, their forwards are very strong and they are very difficult to break down,” he added.
“When we went there earlier in the season we earmarked it as a good marker for where we could find ourselves at the end of the season and that hasn’t changed.”