Matt Easton admits that getting any kind of positive result at leaders Morpeth Town on Saturday would be a real bonus for his Spalding United side.
The Tulips make the 410-mile round trip to the North East in fine form, having collected four points from the last six available.
That has seen them move seven points clear of the Evo-Stik NPL East Division drop zone – but they are some 33 points worse off than table-topping Morpeth.
Boss Easton admits that The Highwaymen are comfortably the best side he’s seen this season and remembers his charges “not having a sniff” back in September when they went down 4-0 at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field.
However, he insists that he wants his side to go out and enjoy the clash and won’t “park the bus” in a bid to pinch a point.
“Morpeth are going very well,” said the Tulips chief. “That goes without saying.
“There’s no doubt that they’re the best team that we’ve played this season, they didn’t give us a sniff in the last game.
“What can I say, it’s a very tough trip for us.
“Some of the lads are making a weekend of it, but for the rest it’s a very long day.
“It would be easy to park the bus, but I don’t want to go that way. We’ve picked up four points from our last two games and I’d like to see how our system goes against the best team in the league.
“I’d like to see us attempt to impose ourselves on them and see what we can do.”
Jenk Acar could be fit for a 20-minute run-out for the Tulips, but full-backs Scott Floyd and Liam Marshall miss out.