Southport forward Shaun Whalley has praised striker Tony Gray's impact this season as the Sandgrounders sit fourth in Blue Square Bet Premier.
Gray, who missed Saturday's 4-0 FA Trophy defeat at Alfreton, has scored 12 goals this season.
"This year he's been given the chance and he's taken it," Whalley told BBC Radio Merseyside.
"I've known Tony for a while now and I was with him at Droylsden and he was different class there."
He added: "He's done really well to score 12 goals by this time of the year. When I moved to Southport last season he wasn't in the team and I know from past experience it's hard to come on as a sub and make an impact.
"All the lads have been playing to the top of the game and hopefully it can continue. We just want to push on from here and stay around the top of the league."