Wellingborough Town boss Craig Adams has more than one incentive to win this weekend’s derby clash with Desborough Town.
The Doughboys go into the game at the Dog & Duck having crushed Long Buckby 6-0 in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division last weekend.
First and foremost at the front of Adams’ mind is getting his team on an unbeaten run as they look to stay in touch at the top end of the table.
But he also has a score to settle with Ar Tarn following their win at Wellingborough late on last season.
“I have been looking at a few statistics this week and we haven’t put together an unbeaten run of more than five or six games,” he said.
“That is something I would like to improve on.
“It was great last weekend. I have been asking the lads to help Jason Turner out because he has been scoring the goals by himself.
“But it was good to see others chipping in. We really want that to continue.
“It is another big game this weekend and I do have a bit of a grudge with Desborough.
“We played them after already being safe at the end of last season and were on an unbeaten run.
“But they brought in a few players for that one game just so they could beat us.
“That didn’t sit well with me at the time and I haven’t forgotten about it. But the main aim is to get another positive result and put together an unbeaten run.”
Desborough go into the clash having picked up their first win since Ian Walker took over as manager.
Goals from Shaun Goodall and Matt Redding sealed a 2-0 success over Sileby Rangers on Tuesday.
And while it was a welcome boost for the condfidence, Walker knows it will be a different challenge this weekend.
“It was a fantastic win for us,” the Ar Tarn boss said.
“We don’t want to get drawn into the relegation battle and we need to beat the sides around us. We did that on Tuesday.
“It will do wonders for the confidence but we know we will be up against it on Saturday.
“Wellingborough are a very good side and are looking to be in and around the top five.
“It is going to be very difficult for us but we will go there and see what we can get out of it.”
Elsewhere in the top flight, AFC Rushden & Diamonds are on the road at Boston Town where they will look to make it 11 wins in a row and S&L Corby entertain Sleaford at Occupation Road.
In Division One this weekend, two local derbies catch the eye.
Thrapston Town, still waiting for their first win under Richard Scott, welcome revitalised Whitworth to Chancery Lane.
Rothwell Corinthians were beaten 2-1 at home by the Flourmen last weekend and will be looking to bounce back when they make the short trip down the A6 to take on Rushden & Higham United.
Raunds Town have a tough task in front of them as they head to leaders Oadby while Burton Park Wanderers host St Neots Saints.
And Irchester United will be looking to follow up their 2-1 success at Peterborough Sports when they face Buckingham Town at Alfred Street.