Following 12 games in six weeks, Aldershot Town have had a well earned break before two games in four days against Grimsby and Luton
Andy Scott reckons his Aldershot Town side will have benefited from a well-earned week off as they enter into another tough run of fixtures.
Scott is preparing his men for back-to-back home games against two of the Skrill Premier’s promotion seekers with Saturday’s clash against Grimsby Town followed by the visit of title favourites Luton Town on Tuesday night.
And after a hectic start to the new campaign, which has brought 12 games in just six weeks, boss Scott is just relieved to have taken a break from midweek action and to give his newly-formed squad a well-deserved rest.
“We’ve got a tough run of games coming up so it’s nice to freshen up the legs a little bit,” he said.
“We can take a lot of confidence out of the Kidderminster game last Friday night and if we can show the same defensive qualities, while improving our attacking play, then we’ll be a threat for anyone – especially at home."
First up on Saturday is the visit of Grimsby - the place where the season's epic journey began.
Despite three new players arriving just 24 hours before kick-off, Scott's hastily-assembled squad pulled off an impressive 1-1 draw at Blundell Park on the opening day - and they have not looked back since.
Now, with the 10-point deficit a distant memory and the Shots heading in the right direction up the Skrill Premier table, Scott is looking to add a four-point haul over the Mariners by claiming a fifth home win of the season.
This time, however, Scott will not be locking horns with his brother Rob, who parted company with the Humberside club in acrimonious circumstances last month.
Still, though, the Shots boss is expecting a tough game from the Mariners, who have scored eight goals in their last two matches and are unbeaten in their last three away outings.
"Grimsby will be tough," he said. "They are one of the big clubs in this league, they enjoyed a good season last year and will no doubt be there or thereabouts this year as well.
"It's unusual to play the same team twice in such a short space of time, but it means that we know all about them and it's about implementing that game plan on the day and continuing to play with confidence in front of our home fans."
New loan keeper Nick Pope will continue in goal at the expense of Glenn Morris, who is expected to be out for up to three weeks with a thigh strain.
Right-back Joe Oastler has the same complaint and is not expected back for at least another week.
Scott, however, will be without centre-back Adam Webster for the visit of Luton Town on Tuesday and the trip to Lincoln City the following Saturday as the Portsmouth loanee has been called up for the England Under 19's European Championship campaign in Slovenia.