Unbeaten Holbeach United can expect their toughest UCL Premier Division test of the season when Huntingdon Town arrive at Carter’s Park on Saturday (3pm).
That’s the view of co-boss Graham Drury, who rates Huntingdon as one of the Tigers’ main rivals for the title this season.
Both sides go into the clash with 100 per cent records, with Holbeach having won all six of their league games and Town boasting three victories from as many games.
Despite their flawless start, Drury believes the tough test will give his side the shot in the arm they need to iron out any complacency from their game.
“It’ll be our toughest test yet,” admitted the former Boston United and Stamford chief. “They did very well last season and have carried that on.
“They have a talented young team with plenty of pace.
“Deeping aside, we’ve not really been tested yet – and the frustrating thing for me is that the players know it. I’m doing my best to keep them motivated each week, but they shouldn’t need pumping up for this one.
“But I’m looking forward to Saturday, it’ll be something different for us.”
The Tigers will be out to avoid a repeat of the 2012/13 season, when Huntingdon won 2-1 at Carter’s Park to end their unbeaten start to the season.
Then bossed by current joint chief John Chand, Holbeach went on to win the UCL title that year.
The Tigers have Jake Gibson available again after suspension, while new signings Stacy Cartwright and Craig Parker are pushing for starts.
Defenders Liam Parker and Matt Warfield should also return, but striker Gary King is rated doubtful.
Meanwhile, Drury confirmed that he has two seven-day notices of approach in for a pair of step five strikers.
He’d not reveal the identity of his targets, but wants more firepower to take the pressure off leading scorer Lee Dube.