Andy Peaks knows AFC Rushden & Diamonds will have their credentials tested when they take on Aylesbury at the Dog & Duck tomorrow (Saturday).
Diamonds maintained their unbeaten start to the new season in all competitions last weekend when they won 2-1 at Bedfont & Feltham in the first qualifying round of the FA Cup.
Now they are preparing to resume their Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central campaign with a big top-of-the-table clash.
Diamonds sit on top of the table with Aylesbury currently third – the position they finished in last season.
“It’s early in the season but it’s a big game because they are right up there and so are we,” Peaks said.
“I obviously spoke to people about this league last season and everyone expected Aylesbury to be one of the teams challenging again.
“And the guy who watches matches for me says they are the best team he has seen.
“So it’s clear that this is going to be a tough game for us.
“We have had a great run and we are looking to get another three points.
“I have always said that I will send my team out to be as good as they can be and that will be the case again this weekend.”
Peaks is hoping to have a couple of players back in the squad this weekend after Richard Bunting, Steve Spriggs and Courtney Herbert all missed last weekend’s FA Cup game due to injury while Scott Joseph was unavailable.
Diamonds, meanwhile, will travel to ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division side Deeping Rangers in the second qualifying round of the FA Cup next weekend.
Deeping beat Leek Town 4-2 in a replay on Tuesday night and Peaks was there to see it.
“Deeping is always a tough place to go to,” he added.
“I went and watched the game on Tuesday and the best team won.
“We obviously know a bit about them and it is a good pitch over there.
“But they have some very good players in their squad and it will certainly be a tough game for us.”