Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club stand on the verge of clinching an historic milestone ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Colchester (3pm).
That is because victory at Mill Road would secure Gavin Hogg’s side not only a 26th consecutive victory, but would also signal a calendar year since they last tasted defeat.
It is a remarkable sequence that kick-started after a disastrous 25-point deduction shattered any hopes of promotion for the Haberden-based outfit last season.
However, there appears no such threat of derailing a promotion push this campaign with Bury 11 points clear of Eton Manor in London One North.
And with chairman Mike Robinson conceding plans have already been put in place for next season, Bury will be hoping the next 12 months match the success of 2012.
“The last year has been brilliant and in my entire time here I can’t remember one quite like it, it is reward for a lot of people,” he said.
“A big factor was the arrival of Gavin Hogg and having a core of local lads with extra pride of playing for their home team.
“The points deduction also played a part and gave us a determination to get it right this time round.
“It hasn’t been an overnight success, but we are reaping the benefits now.
“We are planning for next season, we would be silly not to. We recognise it will be a step up, but I believe a lot of these players can step up and compete.
“The atmosphere at the club is fantastic, we have a strong youth set-up and brilliant coaches.”