The A15 rivalry between Bourne and Deepings in Midlands Four East (South) will be resumed this weekend.
Bourne host second-placed Old Newtonians at Milking Nook Drove, while the Green Machine travel to bottom side Corby who have only one win this season.
Deepings skipper Gareth Silverwood said: “We need a win just to get our morale up and to extend the gap between ourselves and Bourne.
“Going away to Corby when they are struggling means that we need to get five points.”
Deepings will miss Luke Whitby who has a dislocated collarbone and Harry Bower who is at university.
Silverwood said: “We had a meeting a couple of weeks ago to do with fitness because we only get to train once a week, where before we used to train twice a week.
“All the boys are keen not to finish the season below Bourne, otherwise there’ll be a lot of winding up of us from them.”
Meanwhile, Bourne could overtake Deepings if they win against Old Newtonians after getting over their disappointing Lincs Cup exit at home to Stamford College Old Boys 15-10 two weeks ago.
Bourne assistant skipper Neil Wood said: “It was a funny game where we had all the possession and territory but couldn’t convert our pressure into points.
“Old Boys scored on their first two trips into our half and then we were playing catch-up.
“Maybe with a bit better decision-making and passing by us, it might have been a different game.”
Bourne look like being without Sam Harby with a knee cartilage problem and Josh Boddey with a back injury for the visit of Old Newtonians.
“Old Newts always seem to do well at home but they don’t seem to travel well, so I see it as a potentially winnable game,” Wood said.
“It’s never nice to lose an unbeaten run (of four games) but hopefully we’ll be able to keep our (three-game) winning run in the league going.”