The Battle of Bedford Borough comes to The New Eyrie ground this Saturday as Bedford Town F.C take on Kempston Rovers.
A struggling Rovers, sitting 15th in The Evo-Stik South Division One Central, travel to the in form Eagles who have won their last three outings.
Eagles’ manager Jon Taylor believes his side’s current form can help them succeed through this weekend: “I think it’s down to us to perform on the day. Hopefully the momentum we have currently can propel us forward and get a result.
“I know Tony Joyce the manager and know they will be well prepared and disciplined. So long as we defend well and then have good production in their box, I’m confident we will do well.
“If we get on the end of a few chances, then on our day we are as good anybody in the league.”
Bedford Town currently sit within the playoff spots in fifth but understand how just three points separates them from tenth place.
“We have got our sights on staying in the playoffs which means hard work. It’s about what we are doing on the training field and replicating that in the games” said Taylor.
Opposing manager, Tony Joyce has his Kempston side struggling with form. They haven’t won in the league since the mid-January.
However, the excitement of a derby day brings a fresh hope for Rovers. “We are looking forward to Saturday, it is our big derby game,” said Joyce. “We are very much going into it as underdogs, we’re on a bit of a bad run of form and they are flying and looking to seal that last play-off spot.
“Playing all the top three in the last four weeks, and now this Saturday is going to be another tough ask. From our point of view, we have nothing to lose and everything to gain from the match as we hope to turn ourselves around towards the end of the season.”
Derby football no doubt will feel like a cup final for both sides. A bumper crowd is hoped to be expected, so get down to The New Eyrie for a 15:00 kick off to see the action unfold.