Prescot Cables boss Kevin Lynch says he is excited to lock horns with rivals Bootle on Boxing Day.
The encounter pits eighth against ninth as Cables look to move closer to the playoffs with a win over Steve McNulty’s side.
Cables have enjoyed an impressive away record this season and go into Monday’s clash on the back of their win over Trafford at the start of the month.
Bootle have enjoyed a mid-season resurgence which has moved them back level with the Pesky Bulls shortly after they were amongst the relegation scrap.
“Really looking forward to it, they’re a good side, good players, I think with the games being off we’re all raring to go,” Lynch told Off The Park.
“We’re looking forward to it, hopefully be a good game, good crowd, two good teams on show so really looking forward to it.
“The form guide goes out of the window in local derbies and you don’t need much motivation. Going away from home has been good at the moment, the lads have been in good form but we know it’s going to be tough.”
Following their win over Macclesfield, the Bucks went on a losing run which saw them plummet down the table. Since then, they have enjoyed an upturn in form and came away from Leek Town disappointed as they let a two-goal lead slip.
But the Prescot Cables manager wasn’t surprised to see them return to form and among playoff contention.
He added: “I knew they’d do well, they’ve got good players, Ste and Carl are two good people, good football knowledge. I don’t think you can look too much into the league but looking at their form and our away form, let’s just get the game on and look forward to it.
“I think it’s all about managing the game and not the occasion, let your feet do the talking, don’t get involved in any issues on and off the pitch. The lads are fully focused, raring to go, they’re looking really sharp and I think everyone’s itching to play.”