Ross Potter has challenged his Diss Town side to emulate Leicester City by ending their campaign on a high and then pushing on next season.
The Tangerines head into their final 11 games of the campaign 16 points adrift of the promotion places, and realistically a top six finish is now the target.
But Diss manager Potter has set his players the task of picking up a big haul of points so they can go into the 2016-17 season with momentum firmly behind them.
“We want to finish as high as we can,” said Potter, who takes his side to local rivals Debenham LC on Tuesday (7.45pm).
“We should certainly be in the top six, so it’s been disappointing to lose ground on the teams above us.
“I’ve told the players not to ease off. I want us to gain momentum from the last 11 games of the season, a bit like what Leicester City did in the Premier League last year.
“We can’t win the league this season but if we can have a good run now we can take that into next season and pre-season.”
After picking up 22 points from their last nine games to avoid relegation last season, Leicester have carried on this season and are among the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City challenging for the Premier League title.
Although relegation fears are not possible for Diss in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division, Potter has used the Foxes as a motivator for his side’s end of season run-in.
“We’ll continue to develop and look at things we can do now ready for next season,” he said. “Every player at this football club is playing for their shirt next season.
“We had a good result against Debenham when we played them at home and I’m hoping we can match that performance on Tuesday.”
Diss thrashed Debenham 5-1 when the two teams met at Brewers Green Lane back in October, but Hornets head coach Stuart Reavell is aiming for revenge when they meet at Friends Meadow next week.
“Tuesday night is a chance for revenge after the last match,” said Reavell, whose side first visit Downham Town tomorrow (3pm).
“The fans deserve better and so hopefully we can deliver that. We have to apply ourselves and rise to whatever challenge is in front of us.
“All I really ask from the players is that they give a good account of themselves and put on a performance.
“If we can’t raise our performance for a derby game like that then you have to wonder about the character of the squad.”