WEALDSTONE boss Gordon Bartlett knows four games in a week will be one of his current squad's toughest tests - but he is confident it won't dent his side's promotion push.
A frustrating week, in which the league tie with AFC Hornchurch and cup quarter-final with Hampton and Richmond Borough were both postponed because of the weather, means the Stones are now faced with a fixture headache.
On Saturday they welcome strugglers Harlow Town before trips to mid-table Boreham Wood and promotion pushing Carshalton Athletic on Tuesday and the following Saturday.
And wedged in between those crucial league ties they hope to finally take on Hampton and Richmond Borough in the Middlesex Senior Cup - which has been rescheduled for the fourth time.
Bartlett admits the pile-up could threaten his team's assault on the playoffs, if they are hit with injuries and suspensions, but is positive his small squad can still claim a spot in the top five.
He said: "Winning is a habit and of course it is frustrating not to be playing because we have been in great form in recent weeks and we obviously want to keep that going.
"If you are running with a small squad, four games in a week is going to be difficult and I think we'll need some fortune.
"But the break has brought some good news. It has meant the likes of James Gray, Darren Locke and Carl Martin have recovered from injuries which is a great boost, while some of the teams around us have played but struggled to pick up points.
"If anything, we are in a slightly better position now than we were."
Last Saturday, fellow promotion candidates Dartford and Maidstone failed to take maximum points off lower league opposition while the latter was on the receiving end of a 3-1 defeat to high-flying Staines on Tuesday night.
This has helped to consolidate Wealdstone's position just outside the play-offs, which Bartlett hopes to breach with these upcoming crucial games in hand.
He added: "The games coming up are very important but, like I have said many times about this league, we cannot think that just because some of these teams are below us, we can just turn up and take all three points.
"However, if we want to be up there or thereabouts then the next few results are very important. Not just in terms of this part of the season but the latter part too.
"Winning breeds confidence and we would like to take that through the rest of the season."
UP NEXT: Harlow Town
Where? Grosvenor Vale, Saturday, 3pm
Manager: Ryan Kirby
League record to date: P24 W8 D4 L12
Last five (most recent first): WDLWL
Last five away: WLLLL
Top scorer: James Bunn (9)
Current league position: 17th [25a0] Last season: 15th
2007/08 season: Stones won 2-1 (H) and drew 1-1 (A)