Marcus Law says his Kettering Town players will have to show “commitment and desire” if they are to finish the job at Bamber Bridge tonight (Tuesday).
The Poppies make the long trek up to Lancashire as they bid to book themselves an away date at either Brackley Town or Rugby Town in the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup.
Kettering and Bamber Bridge drew 1-1 at Latimer Park on Saturday with Liam Canavan cancelling out Brett Ormerod’s first-half opener for the visitors while Jamie McAlindon saved a late penalty to give the Poppies a second bite of the cherry.
Law believes his team and Brackley would love to set up an all-Northamptonshire showdown in the final qualifying round.
But he insists his full focus is on the job at hand against the Evo-Stik Northern League Division One North outfit.
He said: “I am trying to stay away from talk about the draw and who might play who because we have got a tough encounter tonight and I just want to focus on that and ensure we give ourselves the best opportunity progress.
“We have got to show a lot of commitment and desire and we have to have that will to win.
“It’s all about making sure the attitude of the boys is spot on and we can cross the bridge of the fourth qualifying round should we get to it.
“Of course, both us and Brackley would love to get through to set up a match between two Northamptonshire sides because it will mean one of us is guaranteed to get through.
“But both teams have very hard matches to come through before that and we certainly won’t be thinking about anything else apart from the replay.”
Law confirmed there are a couple of “knocks” within the Poppies squad that will be assessed ahead of the game while players have been busy trying to sort out their schedules so they can make the long trip north this afternoon.
“We have got one or two with knocks that need to be assessed,” the Poppies boss added.
“There were a lot of phone calls and negotiations going on with the players and their bosses yesterday and we will put together a squad to go up there with the aim of making it through.”
Meanwhile, it was reported over the weekend that the Poppies have made a seven-day approach for Wisbech Town goalkeeper Aaron Butcher.