St Cuthbert Wanderers boss Jordan Williamson insists Saturday’s Stewartry derby is like any other game.
Kirkcudbright’s side go into the Meadow Park clash four points clear of rivals Threave Rovers in the South of Scotland League.
And while it could be a defining moment in the title race, Williamson will treat it like any other match.
He said: “We know that even if they beat us, we are still clear at the top of the league, so we have to approach it like any other game.
“For the last few weeks we have gone into games knowing that is the situation, so we will approach it as another league game and another chance to pick up three points.
“Having said that, it is the derby and the boys will be ready for it.
“These are the fixtures on the calendar that you look for and enjoy being a part of because it is a great rivalry between the two clubs.
“Everyone wants bragging rights in the derby, but we have to be focused to get the three points.”
Saints set up for the clash with a 6-3 win over Wigtown on Saturday, the win putting them behind their midweek South of Scotland Challenge Cup loss to Queen of the South.
Dale Milligan put the Saints into an early lead with Scott Ballantyne adding the second from the penalty spot.
Wigtown then got one back with a spectacular effort from player/trainer Jek Kiltie to ensure they were just one behind at half-time.
Thomas Kelly restored the Saints’ two-goal lead early in the second half and Luke Currie quickly added a fourth.
A good free throw from Kiltie gave Wigtown hope before Currie scored the Saints’ fifth, Elliott Harris converted the sixth before Macaulay Rennie got one last consolation.
Williamson said: “The most important thing was to pick up the three points and get back to good habits. It means that we are level in the games that go to Saturday.
“Perhaps it’s disappointing that we didn’t get more goals, but the performance was good enough and we managed to shake off the Queens loss.
“It was a good game and we created a lot of scoring chances.
“Jek’s two goals were world class finishes and I’m pretty sure he would admit it himself if he tried them 100 times again they wouldn’t go in! It puts a different light on the result, but you have to take your hat off to two excellent finishes.”
On Saturday, the Saints’ test player was former Dalbeattie Star, Queen of the South and Annan Athletic defender Steven Black.
He has now signed permanently after leaving Carlisle City.
Williamson said: “It gives us experience to help on the back line. We have some young players there, so bringing them in will be huge in helping these players develop further, but it will also help us shore up the back to see each other in some big games.
“Perhaps we have conceded goals on the cheap as the season has gone on and he should help steady the ship and make us more determined.
“He’s a great presence and he’ll be fine in the locker room. The boys have gotten along well with him.”
Although a player has arrived, midfielder Johnny Rawlings leaves the squad. He was forced to withdraw due to injury and has now taken up a coaching role at St Mary’s Park.
Williamson added: “It’s a shame for him as he had a knee injury over the summer, worked on his rehab and then had a freak injury against Wigtown.
“We’re always trying to help players develop, whether it’s on or off the pitch, so we’ve given him the opportunity to get on the coaching staff and help him get through the early levels of training so he can have a idea of things.” He was a great character in terms of player and he will continue to be in terms of his role as a coach.”