Harrogate Town boss Simon Weaver says that his players are flourishing under the pressure of their National League North title bid.
With 11 games of the campaign remaining, the men from the CNG Stadium find themselves top of the table on goal-difference from Salford City.
But the Town chief feels that rather than inhibiting his young side, the pressure of being in a fight for top spot is bringing the best out of them.
“We are relishing the battle that we are in. There is pressure, but it’s a good pressure, very different to if we were under performing and at the wrong end of the table,” Weaver said.
“We’ve never really been here before. These are new heights for us and we’re all enjoying it.
“We don’t feel burdened by being right up there and worried about what happens if we drop points.
“We’ve fallen off the pace and made up a gap on Salford twice already this season, so we know that we can do it again if we have to.
“There’s a feel-good factor in the camp at the moment and I think everyone is in a good place.”
Town were due to travel to 13th-placed Boston United on Saturday, but the game has been postponed with the Lincolnshire outfit’s pitch covered in snow.