DEAN Stokes admits he already has one eye on next season after watching his improving team make it four games unbeaten on Saturday.
The Alsager player-boss is pleased with the way the new faces he has brought in are beginning to gel, but insists they must be given more time to settle.
Keeper Matt Conkie has bedded in well, while defender Michael Owen made an impressive debut. Forward Ashley Miller, who joined from Leek in midweek, turned on the style during a late appearance as sub.
Sitting in a healthy 12th position, Stokes knows the Bullets will almost certainly be back in Division One next season and he is implementing a long-term plan for success.
He said: 'I am pleased with what the new boys have done. Matt has been very steady, while Michael is looking a very good addition.
'Ashley is an exciting player who runs at defenders. I am always looking for further additions, but I want to give the squad time to gel. I don't mind admitting I have one eye on next season.'
Promotion-chasing Woodley opening the scoring on 35 minutes when forward Gavin Salmon muscled his way into the box and fired past Conkie from 10 yards.
But Town hit back immediately, when a long throw from Glyn Blackhurst reached Simon Eldershaw at the far post and he glanced a header home.
Eldershaw had a goal ruled out for offside after the break as the visitors began to get more physical. They paid the price for their new approach when Mario Sergio Daniel was dismissed after he received a second yellow card for a late challenge on Stokes.
Woodley sat back for the remainder of the game and hung on to their point. Stokes said: 'Them going down to 10 men did not help us at all. It is hard when a team just gets all 10 men behind the ball.
'But there were many positives overall. I thought we played some excellent football and the lads are playing with a confidence they just didn't have a month ago. Their keeper was outstanding and kept them in it.'
Town travelled to Gresley Rovers as the Chronicle went to press last night. They entertain fourth-placed Stocksbridge on Saturday.