City of Peterborough manager Graham Finding admits his side are short of where they wanted to be at the half-way stage of the East Premier A Division season.
But such is the open nature of the division this season, Finding still believes his side can force their way into the title picture.
City are currently eighth in a 12-team division, but they are just nine points behind leaders Harleston with a game in hand.
City are at second-placed Wapping this Saturday (December 13), a team that play in the 2012 London Olympic stadium.
Finding said: “Our target at the start of the season was a top four placing, plus having a realistic chance to compete for the league title from start to finish, so clearly we are currently falling short of that.
“However, with only two defeats, we have proved ourselves more competitive than our current position in the table suggests, and the story of the season so far has been that there is no single outstanding side in the division. Any of the top nine are capable of taking points off each other.
“Harleston have lost two of their last three games so it could be game on if we can turn our draws into wins.
“We are unbeaten in our last six matches and Wapping have won their last four, but we go there confident and with a sense of unfinished business as we let ourselves down when we lost 4-2 to them at home in the second match of the season.
“We intend to enjoy our day out at the Olympic Park, but we will do that by winning.”
City have named an unchanged side for the first time this season.
Last weekend City took a break from East League action to contest the East Premier League indoor qualifiers
City beat Cambridge City, but lost to eventual winners Havering.
Several East League games were lost to the weather last weekend, but City of Peterborough thirds fought well, pushing Premier B Division leaders Ipswich all the way before losing 4-3.
City fifths were delighted to beat Louth 5-3 in Division Three North West as they’d lost 8-1 to the same opposition on the opening day of the season.
Peter Hings (2), Simon Buckley (2) and Matt Wallis scored their goals.
Jody Betts scored seven times as March beat Ely 14-4 in Division Two North.
City of Peterborough Ladies are back on top of East Division Two North West after goals from Lyn Tancred, Katy Lee, Claire Steels, Nicole Duffin and Tierney Augustine secured a 5-1 win over Wisbech seconds.
Previous leaders Spalding’s game was called off. City are at local rivals Bourne Deeping this Saturday.
City of Peterborough seconds lost 6-3 to Pelicans last weekend despite a hat-trick from Anna Faux.