Scarborough Athletic face a testing triple-header over the festive period.
They kick off on Saturday with a home fixture against Maltby Main, which is followed on Boxing Day by the big clash at Queensgate against landlords Bridlington Town, 1pm.
Rudy Funk is firmly focused on the task in hand against maltby before he even thinks about the derby action.
He said: “I went to see Maltby last week and they were possibly the best I have seen them.
“They work hard for each other and they will make it very hard for us.
“It is important that we concentrate on ourselves though. We need to continue the good work we have been doing.”
Boro will be without left-sided ace Paddy Miller for that fixture through suspension, but, barring injury, he will have a full squad to select from on Boxing Day.
“The Brid fixture is a massive game,” Funk added.
“We have been in the shadow of Brid for a few years now.
“The side they have assembled over the past few seasons has been outstanding and they continue to set the benchmark in the NCEL Premier.
“We played them twice last season, the first game wasn’t the best, but in the second we got a little closer to them, which was positive.
“We have improved as a unit this season and so I’m expecting a great spectacle on Boxing Day.
“The league table couldn’t be better going into the game, with them at the top and us in second place, it sets it up nicely and adds that extra flavour.
“Things have changed a bit this year as well because we have brought in a few more local lads from Scarborough, Hull and closer to home, rather than the lads from away like last season.
“That will make it more of a derby encounter for us.
“The Brid game is so far away at the moment though, we have a task in hand and that is picking the points up against Maltby on Saturday.”