Rushden & Higham boss Dale Brunton is convinced his side will be challenging for promotion to the UCL Premier Division this season.
Last week’s 2-0 win over Oakham United lifted them up to third in Division One and while Brunton concedes Peterborough Sports are favourites for the title, he reckons Rushden are good enough to grab second place.
The Hayden Road boss said: “We don’t want to just finish in the top half this season, we want to get out of this division and I wouldn’t be doing this job if I didn’t think we could do it.
“We’ve played all the teams that are up there this season apart from Stewarts & Lloyds and we’ve fared well.
“We’ve got nothing to fear.
“We felt we were unlucky not to get anything against Peterborough Sports (Rushden were beaten 3-0), but you could see why they are the title favourites this season.
“They are a very athletic, well organised team and you could tell they have players who’ve played at a higher level.
“It’s going to be difficult to catch Sports, but there’s still second place to play for.
“If we can keep a settled side and get into a rhythm, we can definitely be up there challenging.
“We are really flying at the moment and there’s no reason why we can’t go into every game believing we can win.”
The win over Oakham was secured by an own-goal and a late Korey Morgan strike.
Brunton admitted he “wasn’t massively happy with the performance” and expects better from his team at Whitworth tomorrow (Saturday) when Daryl Lawman could return from a wrist injury that’s ruled him out since the win over St Neots at the end of August.
Irchester United moved up to fourth in the table after a 3-2 win over Burton Park Wanderers on Tuesday and they host Long Buckby this weekend.
Raunds Town head to Bugbrooke while Thrapston Town, who saw off Whitworth 3-0 in midweek, are also on the road at St Neots Town Saints.
Stewarts & Lloyds are in Knockout Cup action as they go to Premier Division side Boston Town.