Alnwick Town boss Paul Yeadon insists that Saturday’s basement battle at Horden CW is a ‘must-win game’.
And he has urged his troops to start the clash against their relegation rivals in the same way as they finished against Brandon United on Tuesday.
The weekend encounter sees bottom-of-the-table Town travel to second-bottom Horden.
And in what is shaping up to be a crunch ‘survival Saturday’, Esh Winning travel to Stokesley Sports Club – with both sides hovering just above the dreaded dropzone.
While a win would not lift Town off the bottom, it would see them move to within a point of Horden – and with three games in hand.
Depending on how the Stokesley-Esh Winning game pans out, three points could leave Town just one win away from moving out of the relegation zone.
Yeadon is calling for his side to make the most of it.
He said: “After that last-gasp point against Brandon on Tuesday, I would say our season starts now. It could be the turning point.
“Saturday’s match with Horden is a big, big game.
“I don’t want to put any pressure on but it is a must-win game – but the lads know that.
“They know what they need to do and I told the lads that they need to start the Horden game as they finished against Brandon United.”
Horden, whose clash with Tow Law Town on Tuesday night was postponed, aren’t on a bad run of form, having taken seven points from their last four league matches.
They go into Saturday’s scrap on the back of a 2-1 win against Thornaby.
Town’s draw with Brandon stopped a four-match losing streak in all competitions and they will be buoyed by Tuesday’s last-gasp heroics.
The match kicks-off at 3pm.