Hinckley AFC will move top of the United Counties Division One for the first time this season if they can beat Borrowash Victoria on Friday night.
Hinckley currently sit in third, two points behind leading pair Aylestone Park and Radford.
But a Friday night match means Hinckley play before anyone else this weekend, and so will move to the top of the pile, of only temporarily, with three points against Borrowash.
Manager Courtney Belford admits it’s a big motivation: “It’s a big mental thing. We’ve not been there this year as our start wasn’t fantastic but we’ve done well over the last 15 games to put ourselves back in mix.
“Even if it’s just for 24 hours, it’s a statement from Hucknall game. That was a real turning point for us.”
You can read more from the manager in the matchday programme.
And after Tuesday’s win over West Bridgford at Kirkby Road, Hinckley are now going for a seventh home victory in a row.
To do it they’ll need to overcome a Borrowash side who turned over Radford, then league leaders, less than two weeks ago.
The Vics defied both theirs and Radford’s league position to beat them 2-1 – in which former Eastwood striker Kieran Knight, who has played at step four this season with Carlton Town, scored. He has three in five games for Borrowash.
They have, though, lost each of their away games so far though they came within a minute of taking a point from Ingles until the home side’s last minute winner.
Ryan Slinn scored a hat-trick in the previous meeting between the sides back in October, as AFC won 4-0. Charlie Evans was also on the scoresheet.
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