Dean Thomas doesn’t think anyone will stop Daventry Town from winning the Calor League Division One Central title this season.
But the Kettering Town manager firmly believes his team are good enough to become the first to win at Communications Park when the county rivals collide tonight (Thursday).
The Poppies extended their unbeaten league run to 17 matches with 3-0 success at Chertsey Town on Tuesday as they maintained their chase for a play-off place.
But Daventry’s sights are set higher as they close in on leaders Rugby Town with a large number of games in hand.
It looks set to be one of the biggest games of the season so far for both clubs but Thomas is just hoping his team can provide the hosts with one of their hardest tests to date.
And he insists his team’s season won’t be defined either way by what happens this evening.
The Poppies boss said: “Daventry are the favourites and I don’t think anyone is going to stop them. It is their title to throw away.
“We are not going to stop them, only the pressure that they may put themselves under given their position will stop them.
“You never know what might happen but is there enough in the league to prevent them from going on and winning it? I am not sure.
“All I know is our players will be up for it and will give it a real go.
“All we can do is concentrate on ourselves and keep chasing all the teams above us as hard as we can.
“I think we have enough ability within our squad to go and win the game.
“But it is important the players play with their heads and not their hearts. They have to be patient.
“We have enough to hurt them but I have seen them play a few times and they are a good, efficient side who get on with the job at hand. It is a massive test for us.
“I hope it will be their hardest game of the season.
“We have got to be at our best if we are to get the result we want.
“We want to try to keep this run going, it has been a brilliant turnaround for the club. But our season will not be defined by what happens tonight.
“We will just try to get another three points and try to stay in touch with the teams above us.”