Knaresborough Town boss Brian Davey reckons his side are still in the promotion hunt despite losing winger Seb Carole to Guiseley.
Joel Freeston and Steve Bromley both struck twice as Town hammered Hemsworth Miners Welfare 4-0 on Good Friday to move up to fourth in the NCEL Division One.
‘Boro face trips to Louth Town on Saturday and second-placed Albion Sports on Wednesday.
But Davey’s men will be without former Leeds United winger Carole after he joined the Blue Square North club last week.
Town started the better against Welfare and after 10 miutes Freeston was pushed in the penalty area allowing Bromley to open the scoring from the penalty spot.
Six minutes later, Freeston was sent to the floor again in the box, this time by Welfare’s goalkeeper Andrew Joburns, and Bromley doubled the tally.
Freeston then got himself onto the scoresheet as he nodded home from close to the line.
Town struck a fourth 10 minutes before half-time when Liam Gray set Freeston through and the striker slotted past the advancing Joburns.
Hemsworth improved after the restart as they sought to show the crowd of 415, buoyed by many on the Easter Ground Hop, that they were still in with a chance.
But Town still created chances and Byron Littlefair’s effort was saved before Gray had a lob headed off the line.
Hemsworth forced Jim Bradley to clear off his line after Jack Rushworth spilled a shot but Boro held out for a clean sheet.
Davey said: “It was a really good win. We started very well but they came out a little bit stronger in the second half.
“We kept it clean at the back. 4-0 away is a good result.”
Ahead of this week’s two fixtures, Davey remained cautiously optimistic over his side’s hopes for ending the season in the top two.
“We are still in it, as long as we are winning games I am not bothered what the rest do,” he said.
“Seb was obviously the best player we had but he was the type of flair player that sometimes you don’t need. The way that we play we need workers. I think we will manage without him. The forwards keep scoring goals.”
Craig Heard misses his final match of his suspension on Saturday but should return for the trip to Sports. Liam Gray is also unavailable as he starts a three-match ban.
On this week’s matches, Davey said: “I thought Louth were the best side we had played this year when we beat them 1-0 so that will be tough.” game.
“I’ve said for a while Albion are the favourites to win the league but I don’t see a reason wehy we can’t go there and beat them.
“We will try to win them both.”