Ryhope CW travel to Washington on Saturday in a relegation six-pointer in the Northern League knowing they could leapfrog the hosts into 18th position.
Gary Pearson’s side had lost nine consecutive league games before last Tuesday’s league win over Seaham Red Star.
But, the Wearside outfit have been knocked out of the FA Vase and Northern League Cup since against Billingham Town and Ashington.
The Ryhope boss believes that his side can take the positives from those games into this fixture
He said: “We’ll build on our confidence from the Ashington game. We know we’ve got some fresh people to come back and bolster our side.”
It’s the third closest fixture for Ryhope, as they travel just 11 miles to Washington, and Pearson is relishing the short trip.
“Local derbies are games I like. The Washington manager [Neil Hixon] is someone that I’ve known for years, and Stuey [Gooden] was his assistant at Seaham.
“So, we know what to expect, and are expecting a good and tough game. But, ultimately I’m hoping for three points to move us up the league.”
Kick-off is 3pm at the Nissan Sports & Leisure Complex, as Ryhope look to make it consecutive league wins for the first time since September.