IN only his fourth full season as a manager, Kevin Lynch continues to learn on the job.
He admits to making mistakes but the man in charge of Marine has made improvements every season he has been in charge.
Replacing the experienced Alvin McDonald in late 2009, promotion has so far remained out of touch for Lynch but he believes he is steadily building a squad to end the club's wait.
After finishes of ninth, eighth and then seventh, the former Conference North title winner believes a place in the top five could be theirs come the end of the campaign.
This, Lynch says, is the strongest set of players he has had in his tenure at the Arriva Stadium and therefore their best shot at wining a place in non-league's second tier since he took over.
Though he remains fiercely ambitious, Lynch has learnt to be cautious about raising expectations too high - not just the hopes of the supporters but of his own as well.
It has been part of the transition from midfielder enforcer to touchline tactician that Lynch has been through in the last few seasons.
Though he freely owns up to errors of judgement in this time at the helm, Lynch would not change anything about the way he has approached the job.
"I have learnt how to cope with the highs and lows better," he said.
"When we have been doing well, I have maybe got carried away a little but I have become a lot more level-headed in terms of that.
"I keep my feet firmly on the floor now.
"I have learnt quite a lot about myself."
Lynch's belief in his decisions remains one of his strong points and almost four years into the role he is able to speak with more confidence about where his side are headed.
"I think the club has come on leaps and bounds because there are some big hitters in this league and we are competing with them," he said.
"We have got a tricky period coming up over Christmas but if we come through that then perhaps we can start focusing closer on promotion and really put our foot down.
"We don't fear anyone in the league."
Lynch continued: "As a player you only analyse your own performance, not the team's. But that is different as a manager.
"I have made decisions that have not gone for me and decisions that have. But if you are not prepared to make decisions which might not come off, then you will never progress as a manager.
"I am relatively new in management terms but have learnt an awful lot already in a short space of time."