Weston-super-Mare boss Craig Laird targets January points haul
Weston-super-Mare manager Craig Laird is challenging his players to emulate last January's winning run in the Blue Square South League.
Off the pace during the first half of the campaign, the Seagulls registered four successive victories at the start of 2012 to put themselves in the play-off shake-up before fading out.
Once again, Laird's team is proving a surprise package and Weston go into Saturday's home game against Tonbridge Angels in seventh place, just two points outside of the play-off positions.
Weston must negotiate six games in January, a month which could well shape the remainder of their campaign.
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And Laird, whose side is unbeaten in four games, sees no reason why the Seagulls should not continue punching above their weight.
He said: "We have some winnable games in January and it is going to be a big month for us.
"Of course, you cannot take anything for granted in this league and there is always an opposition determined to knock you off track. But we have games coming up that I would expect us to take points from.
"We have had a very good first half to the season and, if we can keep that going in January, then we will be in a very good position indeed."
Weston host Bath City next Tuesday, travel to Hayes & Yeading on Saturday week and then take on Dorchester at the Woodspring Stadium before completing a hectic month with back-to-back away fixtures against Sutton and Bromley.
Laird added: "We're not even going to talk about play-offs and league positions. I've told the players they should just enjoy what they are doing and focus on picking up points.
"They've enjoyed the plaudits that have come their way and, if they want that to continue, then they just need to keep on going as they are."