Two of League One's form teams are looming large on Stevenage's horizon but manager Steve Evans is confident they can meet the challenge.

Lincoln City and Leyton Orient form two of Boro's next three league games and both are flying at the moment.

The Imps are top of the table for the last six games, having won five of them and drawn one, part of a nine-game unbeaten sequence.

Orient meanwhile sit top after the last 10 games, picking up 22 points, and both teams are within touching distance now of the Hertfordshire side.

It is a trip to Sincil Bank that is up first though and the Boro boss knows it will be a tough battle.

Evans said: "Since the turn of the year, I’ve always looked at Lincoln away on the first Saturday in March. 

"And I said that when we come out of Sincil Bank, it will give us an idea of where we are. 

"But for us to come out in the position we'd love to be in, we need to win because I can see others around us winning. 

"We're totally focused on going to Lincoln and trying to get a result against what I think is an outstanding Lincoln side. 

"They are in an unbelievable run of form and absolutely dismantled who I think are a very OK Shrewsbury side the other day. 

"But it's not just that, they've dismantled many before them in recent weeks and good teams too. 

"And if you listen to Michael Skubala’s words, it is about evolution rather than revolution and he thinks they've got very close to where he sees this evolutionary team. 

"He's a good judge, and I agree with him. They're playing some special football. 

"We need to be ready, we need to be systematically good and we need to be organised. 

"And we need to do what we've not done a lot of in recent times which is take big chances when they come."

Victories over Wycombe Wanderers and Cambridge United mean Boro's little mini slump of four games without a win feels like a lifetime ago.

Where there were nerves, there is now optimism that they can go on and secure a place in the play-offs at the end of the season.

Evans is trying to keep everyone grounded though.

He said: "As managers and coaches find out every week of every season, football comes down to results.  

"Results are what determine what you're doing now and what you will be doing in the future. 

"We knew that we had to have two big games, two big performances at all.  

"And we know that when we lose a game, people will think we’re falling away because they don't want us in that top group. 

"Little Stevenage competing to be in the Championship is unthinkable, as someone said to my chairman the other day. 

"Why is it unthinkable when we've got a club that operates the way the chairman runs it? 

"It's a family orientated football club, it's a great place to come and work and we've got supporters who are who are living the dream, and I mean that respectfully. 

"They think their team could be in the playoffs at the end of the season competing with the likes of Derby County and Barnsley and Peterborough United and the teams that are well known for operating in the higher levels. 

"We'll just keep firmly grounded. We know that it could all be gone in a matter of two or three or four games, it could be gone from us. 

"But we want to make sure we keep this feeling that we've got in the group for as long as we can. 

"We've got some characters in the club and all of us are so focused in trying to deliver what people thought was impossible 12 months ago."

That means the focus turns back to Lincoln and Saturday's game.

Evans added: "It can only be about one game at a time. Drawing at Port Vale to a harsh late penalty and losing to Reading to what was an own goal from a throw in, they're down days. 

"So we have to just take it one game at a time. It’s already been a fantastic season but for it to be an unbelievable season, it has got to be about sixth and above for us now.  

"No one can script that but it doesn’t finish now, it finishes, hopefully for us, some time in May. 

"Finishing in April just doesn't give me that fulfillment, as I sit here at the end of February. 

"But we’re in a leap year and why can’t this leap year be the year of Stevenage Football Club?  

"For us to do it would be unbelievable but I believe that this dressing room could do it."