Gainsborough Trinity travel to local rivals Boston United on Saturday looking to get back to winning ways in the Skrill North.
Defender Dominic Roma is expecting a challenging test for the Blues as they attempt to bounce back from last week’s defeat against Colwyn Bay.
“We lost 1-0 last time against them,” the right-back told the Standard, “and it’ll be another tough game.”
“They are right up there because they’ve been consistent this season but we’ve shown that, on our day, we can beat anybody.”
“We’ve beat the likes of Altrincham but it’ll be a tough game.”
But he says the Pilgrims will not be underestimating their visitors on Saturday.
“Boston)will be expecting a tough game as well.”
“They won’t be showing us any disrespect and they know it won’t be a walk over.”
Trinity had hoped to bounce back from last week’s defeat in their midweek clash with league leaders North Ferriby but the tie was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
“We played poorly in the second half (against Colwyn Bay) and the lads knew that,” said Roma.
“So we were itching to get back out there.”
“That’s sometimes the good thing about playing Saturday and then again Tuesday, you don’t have to wait long to put things right.”
“It was a little disappointing the game was postponed but it gives those lads who have little niggles and knocks a chance to get them rested in time for the Boston game.”
Roma also shares Blues’ boss Steve Housham’s assessment, made after their loss to Colwyn Bay, that the team have been too inconsistent this season.
“We want to do well and to do that in this league you have to be consistent. That’s why Boston are up there.”
“We were consistent in the last two years, we showed that by getting to the play-off final, but we haven’t been this time around for a number of reasons,” he added.
Saturday’s derby game is highly anticipated by the fans as well as the players, something Roma and his team-mates are aware of.
“The fans are brilliant. When we went there last season the fans turned out in their numbers and they made a lot of noise to be fair to them.”
“Hopefully it will be more of the same and we can put in a performance for them.”
Gainsborough travel to Boston on Saturday 1st February and kick-off is at 3pm.