Holbeach United joint-boss Graham Drury insists that Deeping Rangers should be considered as favourites to win tomorrow’s derby at Carter’s Park.
Both teams have maximum points from their opening two games of the United Counties League Premier Division season.
But while Rangers have eased to a couple of home wins, the Tigers needed a late goal to see off Desborough Town on Saturday.
Drury said: “We started talking about tomorrow’s game straight after the win on Saturday.
“As a manager I’m always looking forwards rather than backwards.
“However, we will need to have more focus and desire than we showed on Saturday.
“Perhaps you could say Deeping are favourites for this game and we are underdogs.
“They have been together for a while with a winning mentality which they have kept going. They haven’t even conceded a goal this season.
“We are a new side settling down together and this will show what stage we are at.
“We have got to improve on the performance which we put in against Desborough or the result could go the other way.
“We are at home so the onus is on us to win the game. As a group I’m sure we are capable of doing that.
“Hopefully the players wil take on board what myself and John Chand said on Saturday.
“We didn’t move the ball around quickly enough and we didn’t create that many opportunities.
“But, as we’ve been saying, it could take five or six games until you see the true Holbeach.”
Deeping manager Tuncay Korkmaz, meanwhile, expects a tough test against the side who have been widely tipped to be crowned champions.
He said: “It’s another challenge and we will see how we react to that in our first away game.
“But it will be a tough game for them as well.
“As far as I’m concerned, nobody is the favourite and it’s all about who performs on the night. Nobody is going to win the title yet!”
Korkmaz expects to be able to select from a full-strength squad with the return of David Burton-Jones, Ben Porter, Bobby Lee and Matt Holland who all missed Saturday’s 2-0 win over Long Buckby.
Rangers have also added defender Chris Logan from Kettering Town, although he is not available until next week.
Korkmaz added: “This was one of the easiest signings I’ve made because he wanted to come back to the club.”