Thomas Baillie has no doubts that Kettering Town will be ready for their showdown with Aylesbury on Saturday.
The Poppies moved three points clear at the top of the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central thanks to a 2-1 victory over AFC Hayes at Latimer Park - their third win in a row.
Elliot Sandy’s late penalty secured another three points in what proved to be one of Kettering’s games in hand after second-placed Bedworth United and third-placed Aylesbury both saw their matches postponed.
The gap between Kettering and Aylesbury is now five points ahead of the clash at Latimer Park next weekend.
And joint-boss Baillie is certain his team will rise to the occasion after producing what he himself described as a “poor” display against Hayes, despite picking up another victory.
“It is a massive game,” Baillie said as he turned his attention to the visit of Aylesbury.
“We have won one of our games in hand and I am sure Aylesbury don’t want to fall eight points behind us.
“I am pretty confident it will be a very different Kettering Town performance come Saturday.
“We have a lot of experienced players who know what it’s like to play in big games and I am sure we will be ready for the weekend.
“I think you do have to prepare yourselves better for the teams who may be further down the league. The games against the top sides tend to take care of themselves from that point of view.
“We are happy with the position we are in and the fact that the win on Saturday has taken us clear.
“We will forget that game now, it wasn’t a good performance.
“But we will look forward to a couple of training sessions this week and ensure we are ready for a big one on Saturday.”