Daventry Town manager Darran Foster is hoping home advantage can swing the Boxing Day derby with Rugby Town in his side’s favour.
The Purple Army entertain Rugby in Saturday’s Evo-Stik Northern Premier League derby at Communications Park where Foster will be hoping to maintain their good home form against their near-neighbours.
Sometimes they’ve had more from Rugby than we’ve had from Daventry so I just hope the town gets behind the playersDaventry Town boss Darran Foster
The last time the two sides met was back in March in the Evo-Stik Southern League when both clubs could not have imagined that the next time they would face each would be in the northern equivalent.
Daventry go into the game in fifth position in Division One South while improving Rugby have begun to climb the table following a poor start.
Foster knows he needs to strengthen his squad in 2016 if they are to maintain their challenge for the play-offs but says his players’ attitude has been crucial in their encouraging return in 2015.
Foster said: “We’re hanging on in there at the moment and the teams around us haven’t got so many games in hand now. It’s nice to be in the play-off places. The players deserve to be there because of the way the character they have shown in this division - we’re a decent side now.
“The new year will be no different. We will go into every game treating it as a cup final and who knows where it can take us?
“High on my priority list is to bring in a couple of players to strengthen the squad but Adam Creaney will be rejoining us now that his work will allow him to play on Saturdays.”
Looking ahead to the derby, Foster added: “Rugby are a good side and they have been doing well recently. It will be a tough game but hopefully home advantage will prove decisive again. We always seem to win against Rugby at Communications Park.
“We know what to expect. We’ve played Rugby regularly enough in recent seasons to realise what we’ve got to do against them.
“They will bring another big following with them. Sometimes they’ve had more there from Rugby than we’ve had from Daventry so I just hope the town gets behind the players on Saturday.”