Harborough Town head to Hinckley-based side Leicester Road in the first qualifying round of the FA Vase on Saturday boosted by a “massive win” in midweek.
The Bees overturned a 1-0 half-time deficit against Rothwell Corinthians on Tuesday night through a well-taken header from man-of-the-match Danny Wright and Curtis Hartley’s scrambled effort.
That clinched a second win of the season in the United Counties League Premier Division and lifted the Bees up to 14th in the table.
Boss Nick Pollard said: “It was a massive win for us.
“We really had to win that game.
“It has been a tough start to the season. We could have had easier fixtures.
“Three of the teams who have beaten us (Thurnby, Wisbech and Yaxley) finished second, third and fourth last season and I will be shocked if they don’t all finish in the top six again.
“But we are beating the teams we expect to be around us this season and if we keep doing that, we will climb the table.”
Barnes Gladman had a key role in the victory over Corinthians that lifted spirits at the club following the disappointing FA Cup preliminary round exit against Oadby Town last Saturday by a 2-0 scoreline.
He vindicated Pollard’s decision to play him out wide by setting up Wright’s equaliser and the Bowdens Park boss said: “Barnes played very, very well.
“You can’t defend against his pace and he gives 100 per cent minimum in every game.
“He’s the sort of player I like working with.”
Pollard hopes to have Harry May available for the trip to Hinckley on Saturday.
Leicester Road are among the early pacesetters in Midland League Division One – Step Six in the football pyramid.
And Pollard added: “They are a young side who are going well and will think Harborough at home is a good draw for them.”