Chichester City boss Miles Rutherford believes the club is getting back to normality following the end of its FA Cup adventure.
City drew 0-0 last weekend with Guernsey at Oaklands Park and head to BetVictor Isthmian South East high-flyers Whitehawk tomorrow (3pm).
Their previous outing before that had been a 5-1 drubbing at Hastings United when Rutherford had been absent.
Chi were given a week off after that defeat and were due to train last night after Tuesday’s scheduled game against Ashford United was washed out.
Rutherford was back in the dugout for the Guernsey visit and can see signs his side are settling back into the bread and butter of league consolidation after experiencing the highs of their cup run which ended at Tranmere in the second round.
And he was not too despondent about the defeat to Hastings as he knows there is now a process of readjustment for his players after the media spotlight has faded away.
He said: “We were OK (against Guernsey). It was always going to be hard after the FA Cup, we knew that, and we are just trying to find our feet again and then we go again.
“Hastings are most probably going to be the best side in this league.
“Most of them are full-time anyway and they are on a different wavelength to us. They are a big club and we always expected that one to be a tough game but what made it worse is we went into it after a really tough week.
“I was told we looked tired, Hastings looked OK, and we need to all be up for it to compete with sides who are up the top of the league.
“We go again now. We have to take the positives and negatives that we have had and build on that.”
And that brings Chi on to the next challenge – a Whitehawk side bidding to get back to the next level after relegation last season.
Rutherford said: “It’s a tough game and hopefully we shall do OK.
“It’s at Whitehawk and we shall see what we are all about after the couple of weeks that we have had. We’re looking forward to it.
“I think now we’re just starting to get back to normality.
“It will be good we have had a couple of weeks away from the FA Cup and we shall see what we are like against Whitehawk.
“It’s a good game for us in a way.”
Striker Scott Jones is unavailable but Rutherford should be close to full strength.