Mark Starmer insists the race for the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division title “isn’t over by a long way” as his AFC Rushden & Diamonds side face their biggest test so far this weekend.
Starmer and his troops will aim to do something that no other team has done so far this season and take points off leaders Spalding United, who have enjoyed a record-breaking start by winning their first 17 matches.
And he said: “The league is not over by a long way and that isn’t just as far as we are concerned because Huntingdon and Deeping will be thinking the same.
“Spalding have had a great start and fair play to them for that. They deserve to be where they are and I also have a lot of sympathy for what happened to them when they were thrown out of the FA Vase (for fielding an ineligible player), it was a shocking decision.
“But there are four or five sides who will put pressure on them and I believe we are one of those.
“They will drop points along the way, I don’t think they are invincible.”
Elsewhere in the top flight, Wellingborough Town, who have lost their past two league outings, entertain Long Buckby, Desborough are on the road at Cogenhoe United and S&L Corby host Wisbech.
In Division One, Rushden & Higham will seek to end a six-game winless streak when they are at home to Harrowby but despite the results, boss Aidy Mann isn’t too perturbed,
“We’ll keep playing and enjoying ourselves and if we keep playing as we have been doing then sooner rather than later we’ll get a decent result.
“If this goes on for four or five more games then I’ll start worrying.”
Elsewhere this weekend, Burton Park Wanderers are on the road at Eynesbury, Irchester travel to Peterborough Sports and Rothwell Corinthians host Whitworth.
Thrapston, who lost 5-1 to Peterborough Sports on Wednesday, entertain Olney.