Ian Walker is confident Desborough Town can bounce back from their FA Cup disappointment when they head to AFC Kempston Rovers tomorrow (Saturday).
Ar Tarn are back on ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division duty having suffered a dramatic 4-3 defeat at Boldmere St Michaels in the extra preliminary round tie last weekend.
Walker’s men were 2-0 and 3-2 to the good during the clash before two penalties in the final seven minutes saw them beaten 4-3.
But the Desborough boss is hopeful his team can hit back.
He said: “We had the game won twice last weekend but some little errors cost us and to lose the way we did was tough to take.
“It was always going to be a hard game and we did enough to win it or, at the very least, get a replay.
“But that’s the way it goes sometimes. The pleasing thing is that our performance levels are good, we are playing well at the moment.
“If we can keep playing like we are then I think we are capable of getting a good result at Kempston, although it won’t be easy.”
Andy Peaks believes AFC Rushden & Diamonds will be in for their “sternest test” so far when they head to Peterborough Northern Star tomorrow.
Diamonds return to Premier Division action having stormed into the preliminary round of the FA Cup with a 5-1 win over Oxhey Jets at the Dog & Duck last Friday.
That has set up a local derby with Southern League Division One Central side Bedford Town next weekend.
But manager Peaks knows it will be crucial for his team to continue picking up points in between their cup exploits.
And he is well aware their credentials will be in for an early test when they take on a Northern Star side who are on the back of three wins in a row in all competitions.
“We are expecting a very tough match,” the Diamonds boss said.
“They got beaten 6-1 by Holbeach in their first game but they had two men sent off so it was a bit of a false result.
“They have done well since then so it is our sternest test so far. But we have started pretty well ourselves.
“We have only had two games and we know there are areas we can improve on.
“It was very pleasing to make progress in the FA Cup last week. But it is crucial that we keep picking up points in the league in between those cup matches.”
Wellingborough Town take on Boston Town at the Dog & Duck tomorrow with manager Ben Watts emphasising the need for “hard work” as they attempt to end a disappointing start to the new season.
Successive league defeats to Harrowby United and Cogenhoe United were followed by a 4-2 home loss to Bedfont & Feltham in the extra preliminary round of the FA Cup last weekend.
Boston arrive at the Dog & Duck with a win (2-0 at AFC Kempston) and a loss (5-3 at Peterborough Northern Star) to their name in the league so far.
But Watts is keeping his sole attention on his own team and he has plans in place as he bids to turn their fortunes around.
“I don’t know too much about Boston in all honesty,” the Doughboys boss said.
“We are just concentrating on ourselves and trying to make sure we get things right.
“The boys have been working away in training and the emphasis has been on hard work. There is a lot of that going on.
“We have still been making a few silly mistakes, which we need to cut out.”