A trip into deepest Essex on Saturday is the venue for Aldershot Town as they aim to continue with their fine run of recent weeks, which has seen them stretch the daylight between themselves and their chasing rivals just that little bit further.

With Canvey Island sitting seven points behind Terry Brown's side, the Shots jump on the road for the first time in four weeks as they travel to face Heybridge Swifts — themselves desperate for points at the wrong end of the table.

Assistant boss Stuart Cash said: "We are coming to an important stage in the season. Our run-in will be tough but that is no different for any side. Heybridge is a game that we should win but they will be fighting for the points as well."

Cash believes that the Shots' seven-point lead counts for little at the present time, but does admit that it is up to them to apply the pressure on the likes of Canvey and Hendon, rather than vice-versa.

"We are obviously in the stronger position," said Cash. "We need to use that to our advantage and keep the pressure on them. Canvey are a fantastic side and seven points is not a massive amount. If you look at the players that they have it is going to be tough when we face them over at their place. But if we keep doing what we have been doing that will win us the league. It's as simple as that."

Commenting on the recent performances, Cash added: "We want to perform but we just need to take the three points from now on in. Players come to the Rec and they don't want to get beaten. It is difficult but we are coping well."

Saturday's 2-1 win over Bedford Town saw another blank day for last season's top scorer Stafford Browne, but Cash believes the striker could well turn the corner soon. "If you look at Stafford's performance on Saturday he was very good. He works hard but he has to start scoring goals. He just needs a bit of luck really."

With Browne out-of-sorts in front of goal though, and with the Shots making a habit of winning games by the single strike, they may well need to strengthen in forward areas, something which is nothing new to Brown's right-hand target.

"We are looking to bring in two new faces in the coming weeks," added Cash. "We would have liked to have had them in by the weekend but I don't think that is going to be possible. Hopefully we will have them within the next two weeks."

The assistant boss was giving away no clues as to who the mystery faces would be, but the fact that Brown was away on spying duties at a Brighton reserve game may give some fans a distant clue.

Whoever the face may be, your guess is as good as mine!

However, with so many faces coming into the frame in Brown's first season at the Rec, it was inevitable that there would be a few heading for the exit door. Disappointment for Shots' fans though was the recent departure of Richard Gell — who will take up first team responsibilities at mid-table Aylesbury United.

"I was obviously disappointed that Richard had to leave the club," said Cash. "He is a fantastic lad and was great for the dressing room. But it was right for Richard to leave the club and move on.

He will play first team football at Aylesbury whereas here he was in and out of the side. I would like to thank him though and will always wish him all the best."

So with another Saturday looming, another three points hopefully beckon for the Ryman leaders. And if spirit is ever going to help the Shots to add another hand to the one that they are reaching out for the title with, Cash admits there is never any shortage of that, adding: "Throughout the whole club, from the players to the fans, the spirit has been superb and we aim to keep it that way."