TODMORDEN Borough travel to face Kendal County in the West Lancashire League on Saturday boosted by what boss John Gilford described as the "perfect" start to 2013.
Borough thrashed bottom-placed visitors Milnthorpe Corinthians 8-1 at home last weekend, Oliver Wood and James Peavoy bagging hat-tricks.
It moved them up a place to eighth in Division Two and sets them up nicely for a bid to bridge the eight-point gap to the teams above them.
"They (Milnthorpe) were not very good - they had a very young side," said Gilford, who explained that the Cumbrians had lost their manager a few games into the season and several players had subsequently left the club.
The fixture enabled Borough to get back in the groove and improve their fitness, after just a couple of training sessions since their previous match on Novemver 24.
"It was perfect for us," added Gilford.
"If you could have organised a friendly for the first game back this would have been it. It gave us a chance to stretch our legs and was just what we needed."
Dave Patrick opened the scoring after five minutes from an acute angle after combining well with Wood and Dean Farry on the left.
Wood (two) and Farry added to the tally as Borough stretched into a 4-0 lead after 40 minutes but Corinthians got one back before the break in a scramble following a free-kick on the edge of the box, Will Cowley knocking the ball under 'keeper Lee McGrath.
Todmorden took advantage of the visitors' weakness at set pieces in the second half.
They doubled their tally with centre back Peavoy grabbing a hat-trick and Wood completing his three-timer.
Gilford is now hoping the weather will allow Borough to kick on with their league programme, starting at sixth-placed Kendal.
He is hoping York University student Peavoy will be available again and should have another central defender, Harry Whitehead, back in contention.
However, skipper Danny Skwarek is likely to be missing for four to six weeks due to work commitments.
"We normally have pretty decent games against Kendal," Gilford added.