Bury Town are relentlessly chasing an experienced former professional on loan in a bid to halt the flow of goals being conceded.
Despite winning four of their last five matches in all competitions, the Blues have conceded nine goals during that spell.
Determined not to rest on his laurels, manager Richard Wilkins insisted Bury remain in the chase for the unnamed defender, with their pursuit set to enter its fourth week.
“We have tended to make life a lot more difficult for ourselves over the last four or five games,” said the Blues’ boss, whose side travel to fellow promotion chasers Bognor Regis Town in the Ryman Premier tomorrow (3pm).
“We have given away poor goals — the opposition haven’t had to work hard to score.”
Things could not be more rosy at the other end, with Sam Reed’s first league goal since April the 14th Bury have netted in their last five games.
With three wins from their last four league fixtures, Bury have also found themselves on the rise to fourth in the Ryman Premier table.
That could even have become second had Monday’s scheduled trip to Wealdstone not been washed out.
Bury could make their mark on the Ryman Premier promotion race over the coming eight days with trips to Bognor Regis Town tomorrow and Hampton and Richmond Borough on December 8.
However, the Ram Meadow-based outfit must travel south tomorrow without the services of midfielder John Kennedy, who is suspended, while Connor Hall (hamstring) is due to receive the results of a scan on his hamstring injury today.
Billy Clark (thigh) is short of being fit enough to play 90 minutes, but should take a place on the bench, with long-term knee injury victims Elliot Hunter and Callum Kearns the only other absentees.
The deluge of rain this week means tomorrow’s match could be in doubt, but Wilkins is keen to get it played.
He said: “It’s a long trip and we would have to leave at about 2pm if it is rescheduled for a midweek date.”