It’s derby day on Easter Monday as Daventry Town travel to struggling neighbours Woodford United (ko 3pm).
On paper the game looks a miss-match, with the Reds having lost every game they have played this season.
They sit bottom of Division One Central and are certainties for relegation, and Daventry boss Darran Foster is expecting nothing short of three points from his team’s trip to Byfield Road.
On recent form, the Purple Army will also be looking for a few goals with Woodford having suffered a humiliating 10-0 home defeat to Biggleswade last week and a 7-0 reverse at Aylesbury on Tuesday.
Following a traumatic few months that saw close season manager Phil Mason sacked by email after 10 years service, successor Howard Forinton quit before Christmas and then joint manager Pete Harris walk out earlier this month, Paul Oddy is the man with the task of steering the sinking Woodford ship.
Funds for players at Woodford are nowhere near Southern League levels, and Oddy is having to field youth teamers in the first team simply to fulfil fixtures.
Foster has looked on from Communications Park with some sympathy, but says the Woodford slide story is one that has been coming.
“You have to feel sorry for Woodford to a degree, but they have had a name for pulling the budget every season,” said Foster.
“And I’m afraid this year they have come unstuck.
“Once they got rid of Phil Mason they’d had it.
“I am a good friend of Phil’s, and I don’t really know what went on, but once they got rid of him then their capture of players had gone.
“Phil had a good capture, he had a good nucleus of lads that played for him, and as soon as he left the club, then that was it.”
And Foster says the people he really feels sorry for are the boys being asked to do a man’s job in a Reds shirt.
“It is a real shame, because what is happening now is just destroying young kids,” said Foster. “I know people say ‘it’s good that young players get a chance, and it’s good to have a chance’, but it doesn’t do a kid any good going out and getting beaten 10-0 by Biggleswade.
“You go over their last 10 results, and I think they have had seven stuck by them twice, 10 once and five three times or something.
“If anybody tells me that it is good for 16-year-old to go through that, then I am sorry, I just can’t agree with them.
“It is a shame for them, but it’s not a surprise.”
Before the derby on Monday, Daventry have a home date with Uxbridge at Communications Park on Saturday (ko 3pm).
Woodford United also have a league game on Saturday.
The Reds are on the road at Ashford Town.