Kettering Town head to the Spencer Stadium this evening (Tuesday) to face Banbury United with Alan Doyle expecting a difficult 90 minutes.
The Oxfordshire outfit currently lie 13th in the Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division after an inconsistent campaign to date.
But they have seen off the top two, Leamington and Hemel Hempstead, in addition to picking up some other good results and for this reason Doyle is wary.
He said: “Fingers crossed we can get the game on but the forecast is for rain before the game so you never know.
“But it’s the same when we’re at home. We’ve got a big game against Leamington on Sunday but Corby play on the Saturday and the pitch (at Steel Park) might not be able to stand up to it.
“Having said that, we’ll be going there with a full squad to face one of the form teams.
“It’s one of a number of hard games that we’ve had, they put four past Hemel and beat Leamignton, who are top, 2-0 so we know we’ll have a hard game.”
The fixture list hasn’t been kind to the Poppies with a run of games against the division’s big guns but Doyle can see light at the end of the January tunnel.
He added: “When we go into February, after the Leamington game, we’ll have an easier run of games and we need to go into those in good form.
“Pat Noubissie being available for the rest of the season is a big boost to us and we just need the younger lads to keep improving and not fold when we go behind which is what we have been doing.”
On the squad front, Doyle is keen to add a forward to his list but admitted that Morgan Ferrier, who has been linked with making a loan move from Nottingham Forest, might not be that man.
He said: “It’s a bit complicated. He’s signed all the forms but the league are saying that it isn’t a proper loan because Forest want thim to be available for their Under-21 team.
“It could still be a yes and we’re working towards that as we definitely need another striker.
“We’ve lacked a bit of impact since Lewis Wilson left and that needs to be sorted out.”