Rob Gould is backing his Wellingborough side to enjoy another big battle tomorrow.
The Doughboys’ boss expects a difficult test against Stewarts & Lloyds who are one point above with four games in hand.
Gould’s men ran out 4-2 winners away to Desborough Town on Monday but he knows this will be a tougher task.
He said: “They are having a decent season with some good players.
“Weather conditions don’t look like they will be favourable to a good game.
“It will probably become more of a battle and sometimes we enjoy that more.
“We’ve got to make sure that we can compete with them.
“We would like to keep a few more clean sheets because better sides will punish you for defensive erros and not give many opportunities away.
“The defence is an area where we have been struggling for the last few weeks and we are looking to strengthen back there.”
Wellingborough haven’t lost in the league at the Dog & Duck since the middle of October.
Wayne Richardson is away and Gould hopes to make another signing ahead of kick-off.
S&L conceded a late equaliser away to Deeping Rangers on Tuesday night to cancel out Daryl Lawman’s opener.
They also threw away a lead in the final 10 minutes at home to Cogenhoe United last weekend.
Joint-boss Lee Duffy said: “It’s very disappointing to have only taken one point from the last two games.
“Conditions didn’t allow for good football at Deeping but we still could have won it with a free-kick at the end.
“I’ve watched Wellingborough two or three times and we know the way Rob sets up the team.
“I don’t think their squad is as strong as it was earlier in the season and they have suffered defensively.
“It’s going to be a competitive derby.”
Sam Maude, Craig Lawman and Shaun Goodall return to the S&L squad but Liam Boath serves a one-match ban.
Wellingborough from: Plows, Casey, Tite, Cray, Hackett, Heycock, Redding, Cassidy, Surridge, Murfitt, Turner, Johnson, Liversedge, Newman.
S&L from: Lavin, Ashton, Davies, Hackett, Maude, Caswell, Mills, Forbes, Byrne, Gormley, Dean, O’Neill, D Lawman, C Lawman, Goodall.