DAVE Anderson has to thumb through his little black book once again after Michael Peacock's three-month loan spell ended on Saturday.
The 20-year-old central defender, who has been a revelation alongside Brad Hewitt as the Woods lost just one of their last 14 league games, has returned to AFC Wimbledon.
Peacock fittingly marked his final appearance with the sixth clean sheet of his spell at Chestnut Avenue, underlining just how large a hole Anderson is left to fill.
The manager admitted he is certainly hoping to bring in another centre half, along with another striker, although Mark Burgess is set to get the nod for this weekend's trip to Tilbury.
"We tried desperately to keep him," said Anderson. "I think he would have been happy to stay but in saying that I fully respect Terry Brown's thinking and he'll probably loan him out to a Ryman Premier club for a month and then he'll probably get some first team games when they've won the league.
"He's been excellent for us, he's had a great partnership with Brad Hewitt and he's a part of the run that we've been on, not all of it but a big part.
"We don't want to give away our better players but unfortunately we have to.
"Mark Burgess has played there earlier in the season and he'll probably start in there and we'll see how it goes.
"We are on the lookout for a centre half and another centre forward but at this time of the season they're two big positions to try and fill."
Northwood were held to a 0-0 draw by Redbridge at the weekend after failing to accept any of the few chances they created against determined opponents.
New signing Eugene Ofori, 29, who has been out of football since leaving Boreham Wood in November, came closest with a near post volley that struck the upright but his general performance gave Anderson plenty of confidence that he could be the one to fire the club to the next level.
"He's in great shape and he deserves a pat on the back for how fit he is," said Anderson. "He'll be a real asset because he'll only get better.
"What he needs now is a good partner and we should have enough people to give him that."
Kyle Matthews played up front with him against Redbridge and other possibilities include Hugo Figueiredo, Rob Ursell and Solomon Henry.
A point kept Northwood fourth in Ryman One North where the champions are automatically promoted and the next four go into the playoffs.
At the moment the title looks to be heading to either leaders East Thur-rock United,Aveley or Brentwood Town, while Northwood are among four poised to grab one of the final two promotion places.
Before last night's (Tuesday) fixtures Tilbury were lying ninth, too far back to be in real contention, but they marked themselves out as dangerous opponents after becoming only the second team this season to win at Aveley, two weeks ago.
Danny Power is suspended for the game at Tilbury while Ryan Tackley (calf) and Hewitt (knee) are carrying injuries but may be fit.