Easington Colliery travel to Willington on Saturday afternoon as the Colliers look to book a spot in the 2017-2018 FA Cup.
Unlike previous seasons, qualification is dependant on points and the Colliers are only two points away from the qualification mark of 65 points.
The Green Army played out a tricky 0-0 draw at Tow Law Town on Tuesday night and travel to Willington looking to extend their four game unbeaten run.
Willington currently sit 19th in Northern League Division Two, 13 places and 34 points behind the Colliers.
Manager Paul Frame believes the point on Tuesday night was a good one.
“The pitch on Tuesday night was terrible,” said Frame. “It wasn’t a pitch where we could play expansive football and they were direct and defended well. We struggled to break them down but with a depleted squad and on a very tough pitch, it is a point gained rather than two dropped.”
The point lifted the Colliers to sixth in the league, one point ahead of high-spending Blyth Town who have a game in hand.
Frame added: “We have one of the easier run ins out of the top eight. Finishing sixth would be a good achievement considering the rot we had over the winter months.”
“Willington are a decent side on their day but we’ll be looking for the points. Again though, it could be a tricky pitch.”
Kick-off at Hall Lane on Saturday afternoon is at 15:00.