Bridlington Town boss Mitch Cook feels that the pressure is firmly on his side ahead of Saturday’s NCEL derby against Scarborough Athletic, 11.30am
Brid go into the fixture 10 points behind Rudy Funk’s league leaders with two games in hand.
With just a handful of fixtures left this season, this game could play a huge part in the destiny of the NCEL Premier title.
Cook said: “It is a big game, not only because it is between Scarborough Athletic and Bridlington Town, but also because of where the teams are in the division at this moment in time.
“Obviously the lads all know each other because they have played together or played against each other on regular occasions.
“You can’t approach the game any differently though, it has to be just another fixture for us.
“We have had a good season. We went on a 14-match unbeaten run, yet still we are 10 points behind them, which just puts into perspective what they have achieved.
“Both sides will be going out there to win, but the pressure is on us to get those three points. Looking at the table, a draw would possibly suit them on the day.
“It will be a great occasion and a great game of football. I just hope that the Scarborough News and the Bridlington Free Press are left writing about the football after the match rather than anything else that can occur in derbies.”
Boro boss Funk echoed this, as he expects Brid to go at them during the game at Queensgate.
“You have to say that the pressure is on them,” he said.
“We are sitting at the top of the league and because of that we are the so-called favourites.
“We just need to do the same as we have been doing in recent months, it is important that we stick to our game plan.
“They will probably have a bit of a go at us, which is what they have to do, so that should make a good game of it.
“Brid are a great side, so it will be down to who Lady Luck is smiling on. She has always been my friend so I hope that it is us.”
A number of Brid players have caught Funk’s eye in recent seasons, so he will obviously be on his guard.
He added: “The two players that stand out for me are Tom Fleming and Ash Allanson, who are great lads in the middle of the park.
“You can’t look past the threat of Craig Hogg and Josh Greening in attack as well. They have so many lads who can cause you problems.
“It is 11 against 11 on the day though and you have to concentrate on your own back yard.
“If you look at our squad we are blessed with some great players as well.”