A few weeks ago, the clash between Wellingborough and S&L Corby loomed a potential relegation battle.
Both sides were still deep in the mire at the wrong end of the UCL Premier Division table but their respective fortunes have been on the up in recent weeks, so much so that this weekend’s encounter has nothing riding on it.
S&L got the better of Spalding last weekend to secure their place in the top flight and the same opponents were beaten 2-1 by Wellingborough on Thursday evening as the Doughboys, who made it 12 games unbeaten in the process, ensured that there would be no drop into the second tier.
And with both sides in excellent form, Saturday’s battle at the Dog & Duck should be a good one.
Irchester will go into their clash with champions Holbeach in good spirits after claiming a welcome win on Thursday.
The Romans, who last celebrated victory way back in September, completed a league double over Desborough with a 1-0 success to add a little bit of cheer after a misearable campaign.
Desborough have another derby to contend with as they travel to Harborough Town.
In the first division, AFC Rushden & Diamonds have a simple equation in front of them.
If they win their final three games or pick up seven points, starting with a trip to Potton this weekend, then they will clinch promotion at the first attempt.
Burton Park Wanderers face another difficult day as they host champions-elect Sileby Rangers at Latimer Park, Thrapston visit Oadby and Whitworth are on the raod at Northampton Spencer.