Academy manager Mick Leonard is already looking forward to the Notts County youth team kicking off the second part of their campaign.
Performances have been strong so far this campaign but the young Magpies only built up some momentum in the build-up to the Christmas break.
A run of four consecutive league victories against Lincoln City, Hull City, York City and Burton Albion saw Notts propel up the North East Youth Alliance table to sixth.
Despite a slow opening to 2013.14, Leonard believes that the Under-18s can achieve a third place finish if they can continue their positive progress into the New Year.
He told the official site: “We’ve played good football from the first game but it was just about scoring goals.
“Since the Lincoln game, we’ve managed to add that to our game and the balance of the team is very good.
“Even in the early games, we never took a beating but the goals have made a hell of a difference as the four wins show.
“It will be interesting now to see the second part of the season, we have some stern tests but third place is definitely a possibility.
“As a footballing side I’ve not seen anyone better than us and I think it shows the lessons we teach the lads in the development squad, where all of our graduates can handle the ball well.
“We’re looking forward to a second part of the season where we can hopefully pick up where we left off.”