Bury Town will bid to close the gap to the play-off places when they travel to face sides they have contrasting records against this week.
The Blues visit bogey side Harrow Borough tomorrow (3pm) before visiting Billericay Town on Tuesday (7.45pm).
While Bury’s 3-2 victory over Harrow in August was their first against the Londoners in seven attempts, they have not lost to Billericay in four meetings since promotion to the Ryman League Premier Division in 2010.
“Harrow Borough and Billericay will be tough to play against because they are decent, organised and strong teams,” said Bury manager Richard Wilkins. “We’ll have to be at our best to get points from those games.
“If we win those two games, it will put us in a good position.
“Looking at the sort of games we’ve got coming up this month — Hornchurch at home will be difficult, but looking at the others we could win them all on our day.”
The Ram Meadow-based outfit are nine points outside the play-off places, having played a game more than fifth-placed Dulwich Hamlet.
Not only is the gap a concern to Wilkins, but he feels AFC Hornchurch, Wealdstone, Kingstonian, Maidstone United and Dulwich could make the top five places their own.
“I would be very surprised if the top five at the moment didn’t finish in the top five because they have all got resources to strengthen,” said the Blues’ boss. “Someone might come out of the pack, but everyone seems to be taking points off one another.”
Right-back Russell Short will continue to deputise in central midfield after John Kennedy joined David Bridges on the injury list.
Kennedy limped off with an injury to his ankle during the Blues’ 1-1 draw at high-flying Maidstone United on Saturday and is expected to be out for at least a fortnight.