Andy Peaks has admitted games “don’t come much bigger” than AFC Rushden & Diamonds’ trip to Holbeach United tomorrow (Saturday).
But the Diamonds boss is adamant that the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division title won’t be decided by the clash at Carters Park.
Diamonds head to Lincolnshire with an eight-point lead over their nearest rivals at the top but Holbeach have four games in hand.
Peaks insists his team will play to win but he is certain that, whatever the outcome on Saturday, the battle for the title will continue for a while to come.
“Obviously, it’s a big game and they don’t really come much bigger,” Peaks said.
“But, at the same time, I am realistic and I won’t be going overboard with what I say.
“It’s a game we want to win and we will try to win. I saw enough positives from the last time we played them (in a 1-1 draw) to tell me we can beat them.
“They are on a great run and it is going to be very tough for us.
“But nobody will win or lose the league on Saturday. Whatever the outcome, we will still have 42 points to play for after it and there are teams in this league who are capable of beating us and them.
“Obviously, we want to win the game but even if that happens, we know nothing will have been decided.”
Diamonds look set to unleash latest signing Tommy Berwick for the clash.
The former Corby Town and Daventry Town striker completed his move to the Dog & Duck last Sunday.
And Peaks added: “I needed to speak to Tommy to see how he came across.
“He isn’t coming here chasing money.
“He just wants to come and prove himself and I think this is the sort of club where he can do that in front of some big crowds.
“It comes at a good time with Tom Lorraine pulling his hamstring last week and I am sure Tommy will be an important player for us in the remainder of the season.”
Russ Dunkley is also in contention for a start after marking his return from injury with a goal in last weekend’s 3-0 win over Sleaford Town.
Fazel Koriya, meanwhile, left Diamonds this week to join Rugby Town.