ASHTEAD do not just want to get back into the Surrey Championship Premier Division, they want to stay there.
The Stags made it back-to-back victories by defeating Valley End on Saturday, a result which leaves them just eight points off the top of the Division One table.
It is such an open league, though, that at this early stage of the season, there are just 13 points - the number of points you get for a victory in the timed format of the game - between the top seven sides.
Last year's relegation may have to be one step back, in order to take a few forward.
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Captain John Vaughan-Davies said: "Whenever you're in a relegation battle or you do go down a league you have to take the positives from it.
"Having gone down we are taking stock and seeing what we can do better and learning from what other clubs do and we have gone a long way to improving things off the field as well as on it. We have got to the top and managed to stay there for two years, but we have got to have everything right to maintain that status for a long time.
"We are aiming to be a Premier Division club long term and we are putting all the processes in place for that both on and off the field.
"It's a tough fight to get into the Premier Division, but the bigger picture is to stay there, that's where we want to be.
"We don't want to go up and down, up and down, we want to get into a position to stay in the top flight."
The Stags have endured a tough time in the last 12 months, but things are looking up now and Vaughan-Davies finally has a smile on his face.
He added: "It makes a nice change from last year to get a couple of wins on the board. We were joking on Saturday that we have won more games this year than we did in the whole of last year already!
"But I'm happy with how the season has started, we're really organised off the field now as well and we're behaving like a Premier Division side off it as well as on it.
"And now we're into the format of the game we prefer, the longer version is big for us, because with 13 points for a win there's more to gain when you play positively and hopefully the next eight games will be very good for us and hopefully things will be positive every week from now on."