Gary Pearson believes it is time for his side to push on up the league as Ryhope CW host Marske United on Saturday in the Northern League.
Colliery Welfare go into the game against seventh-placed Marske having won their last three league games, including a 5-1 over Guisborough Town on Tuesday night.
The winning streak for the Wearside outfit has pushed them seven points clear of West Allotment Celtic who occupy the final relegation spot.
Although The Seasiders ran out 7-3 victors over Ryhope at the beginning of October, Pearson believes his side will not be pushed over at the Recreation Ground on Saturday.
He said: “They [Marske] are a good side, and they have always done well over the last few years.
“But, back at our ground, we know that we will give them a good run for their money and get a better result than at their place last time out.”
The former Crook Town manager is not a stranger to their back room staff having gained advice from Marske boss Carl Jarrett, and played for Darlington with first team coach, Ian Clark.
Pearson said: “The manager used to offer me advice. He went and watched a team for us before, so I get on well with him and I know the type of football he plays.
“Both Carl and Ian know they are in for a game. It was a five to 10 minute spell where we shot ourselves in the foot at their place. We just folded, which was disappointing.”
Ryhope could be boosted by the returns of Nathan O’Neill, Chris Trewick and Elliott Woods back after their absences.
Kick-off is 3pm at Ryhope Recreation Ground, and a victory for the hosts could move them up one place to 15th in the Northern League at the expense of Jarrow Roofing BCA.