Ross Potter and Stuart Reavell are both desperate to grab all the bragging rights ahead of Diss Town and Debenham LC’s derby-day duel tomorrow.
The rivals head into the encounter at Brewers Green Lane (3pm) with nothing separating them in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division table as they sit seventh and sixth respectively on 18 points, but they are currently enjoying completely contrasting fortunes of late.
The Tangerines have suffered back-to-back defeats, following up a 5-2 humbling by King’s Lynn Town Reserves with elimination from the League Challenge Cup after a 3-1 first round defeat to neighbours Stowmarket Town.
In contrast, tomorrow’s visitors come into the match aiming to extend a four-game unbeaten run that has seen the Hornets win their last three games in all competitions, the most recent being a 2-1 success over Team Bury.
However, despite the form guide pointing towards Debenahm being considered the favourites, Potter is adamant the encounter is one his side should expect to win as he warned his charges of needing to see a reaction.
“Local derbies are always big games and this has been made even bigger because we are locked on points in the league,” said the Diss boss, whose side had a break from action last weekend.
“We have the advantage of being at home but in all honesty we should be beating times like Debenham.
“Personally I feel we should have more points than we have but defensive mistakes have riddled our season and you get what you deserve.
“We had a bootcamp style training session on Saturday and I’m looking for a big reaction from the players.
“We have been falling away later in games and in my opinion the players need to be fitter.
“We owe the crowd a result and beating your rivals is the perfect way to get back on track.”
Meanwhile, Reavell is expecting a far closer affair as he aims to build on Debenham’s recent momentum.
“It should be an interesting one. I Think it will be an even game and it will come down to who wants it more on the day,” he said.
“We have had great momentum over the past few weeks and I can guarantee everyone will be up for it.
“Everyone loves a derby game and at the end of the day it is all about the bragging rights, that will be our motivation.
“They are under a lot of pressure to bounce back up after relegation but we are also under the pressure that we put on ourselves.
“All I can ask is that the players give it their all and hopefully then that will be enough.”