Andrew Wilson is determined to keep Corby Town one step ahead of their north Northamptonshire rivals.
But the Steelmen joint-manager has admitted his team need to follow the lead of neighbours Kettering Town by getting on a big unbeaten run to help shoot them back up the Calor League Premier Division table.
The Poppies are currently unbeaten in 14 matches in the Calor League Division One Central, a run of form that has put them firmly in contention for a play-off place.
A top-five finish remains the aim for Wilson and fellow joint-boss Tommy Wright as Corby prepare to take on Redditch United at Steel Park on Saturday having made a welcome return to winning ways with a 3-1 victory at bottom club Bashley on Tuesday night.
And while hauling themselves into the shake-up for the play-offs looks a big ask at this stage, Wilson knows one big unbeaten run could change everything.
“I know the Corby fans probably won’t appreciate me saying this but we need to emulate what our near neighbours are doing at the moment,” Wilson said.
“I actually think it is good to see Kettering doing well and it should only drive us on to be even better ourselves.
“An unbeaten run is what we need now if we are to push on towards those play-off places.
“We are the top non-League club in this area. If Kettering get promoted, we want to get promoted. We want to keep one step ahead of all our rivals.
“We have talked up our chances a lot in recent weeks and it is time for the talking to stop and the doing to start. We need to get on a good run and start chipping away at those above us.”
“It was a great result for us on Tuesday and now we must follow it up against Redditch.
“I am sure they will be up for it because it wasn’t that long ago that we beat them at their place.
“They had a great result against Cambridge City last weekend so we know it is going to be a good test.”