Rushton captain Andy Reynoldson thinks that any success this season will be down to the stronger side at his disposal.
The Station Road outfit had a respectable campaign last time out, finishing fifth in the NCL Premier Division, and a winter of recruitment, as well as a new man in charge, has given them an optimistic outlook for the year.
And expectations will have been heightened after the better of a draw with defending champions Peterborough on the opening weekend.
The Old Northamptonians are next up and Reynoldson believes that the additional quality in his ranks will see them provide a match for anybody.
He said: “We’re now batting down to number nine and have better seam options which we didn’t have before.
“That means we can change things round if we have to which we couldn’t do before and we’re a lot stronger for it.
“The ONs are always a good side but after the way we played last week we’ll fancy our chances of getting something from the game.”
Burton Latimer suffered a heavy 220-run defeat to Northampton Saints last weekend and it doesn’t get any easier this Saturday with Peterborough the visitors to Hall Field.
It will be the second of four tricky fixtures for Damon Hanney’s men with the ONs and Finedon to follow in the next fortnight.
Finedon triumphed against new boys Oundle on opening day and they make the trip to Brixworth, who were also winners in their first outing at Billing Road.
As for Cameron Wake’s side, they make their home bow in the top flight against Horton House who will be on a high after their convincing defeat of Wellingborough.
Redwell Road sees Sam Owen’s Boro entertain Stony Stratford and the other fixture has Wollaston playing host to the Saints.