Thomas Baillie knows the games are only to get bigger and bigger for Kettering Town as they bid for promotion in 2015.
The Poppies take on Rugby Town at Latimer Park tomorrow (Thursday) before another home clash with Beaconsfield SYCOB quickly follows on Saturday.
Kettering go into the New Year’s Day clash sitting seven points clear at the top of the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central following their 1-0 success at Daventry Town last weekend.
The game with Rugby, who currently sit just outside the play-off places, is likely to have a bit of extra spice to it after the Poppies signed their record top scorer David Kolodynski last month.
And while Baillie knows it is another key game for Kettering in their bid for automatic promotion, he believes there is just as much pressure on their opponents.
“It’s another big game but they are all going to be like that from now,” the joint-manager said.
“We bounced back well in a tough game at Daventry and now we have to follow it up.
“Rugby are a good team, they like to pass the ball around and their pitch up there allows them to do it.
“Again, I think it is a very big game game for them because they are in and around the play-off places and they need to keep winning just like we do.
“We are focused on the job and we will be looking to win the game and set ourselves up for another home game on Saturday.”
Baillie, meanwhile, is keen to ensure there isn’t a great deal of change in the league table after the next few days.
“It’s a busy time of year with lots of points on offer and there will be some strange results around simply because of the quick turnaround in matches,” he added.
“We have to try to take these opportunities in front of us.
“The table looks good at the moment but things can change quickly and we have to make sure we keep the momentum going.”
The Poppies could be without goalkeeper Richard Knight, who was forced off with an arm injury during the win at Daventry and was replaced by Jamie McAlindon.
There will also be checks on striker Elliot Sandy, who has missed the last two game due to a chest infection while Kolodynski will also be assessed after he could only play a role from the bench at Daventry due to a bout of illness.
Don’t miss more Poppies news in the New Year’s Day edition of the Northamptonshire Telegraph