Marcus Law believes Cirencester Town will be the “ones playing with pressure” when they visit Latimer Park this weekend.
While Kettering Town’s final month of the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division will count for little as they head for a top-10 finish, the same cannot be said for this weekend’s visitors.
The Centurions are in a big battle at the wrong end of the table but have enhanced their chances of avoiding the drop with back-to-back 2-1 victories over St Neots Town and Redditch United.
They sit in the final relegation spot, two points adrift of Kings Langley with five games to go.
But Law isn’t expecting the Poppies to do Cirencester any favours this weekend.
The Kettering boss was pleased with his team’s fightback as they hit three goals in the last 15 minutes to come from 1-0 down and beat Cinderford Town 3-1 last weekend.
And he is now hoping his players can finish the season with a flourish.
“They (Cirencester) are chasing Kings Langley and I know they still have to play each other so every game is a mathematical cup final for them,” Law said.
“They will be the ones playing with pressure while we have to play for our self pride and to try to finish as high up the table as possible.
“Going by the attitude of the lads last weekend, I think we are capable of finishing strongly.
“I have to give credit to the players because they stuck to their task after going behind and they warranted the three goals and the result they got.
“We want to get ourselves further up the table before the end of the season. The aim now will be to get as close to Banbury (who are sixth) ahead of our game with them on the last day of the season.”