Mike Williamson is not placing much relevance on his side’s extended break ahead of Tuesday’s trip to Darlington.
The Heed were out of action on Boxing Day following the postponement of the Blyth Spartans fixture, while Darlington travelled to Spennymoor Town and earned a 1-1 draw in a fiery encounter at The Brewery Field.
The player-manager feels the difference in rest periods for the two sides will have little relevance on Tuesday’s clash, saying: “A lot of variables go into it, but it’s irrelevant really.
“It’s going to be a tough game. I watched Darlington against Spennymoor and they were well organised and were probably frustrated not to win the game.
“We go into Tuesday focusing on ourselves but I don’t think the postponement works for or against us in that regard.
“We were disappointed for our game to be called off, but ultimately we move on to the next game, which is the most important.
“We went in [on Boxing Day] and trained so preparations straight away turned, we prepped for the whole Christmas period beforehand so we’re maintaining that.”
Darlington’s recent run of form at Blackwell Meadows sees them unbeaten in their last six outings on home soil, while The Heed chase top spot sitting two points behind league leaders Brackley Town.
Williamson feels both sides will back themselves going into tomorrow’s clash, adding: “They’ll fancy themselves I’m sure, and likewise.
“They’ve got a lively front four, two sitting midfielders that are very combative and have good energy, they sustain attacks very well and were organised against Spennymoor.
“They had George [Smith] and Griffy [Kallum Griffiths] playing and two big centre halves with them.
“That is going to test us tomorrow, but as I always say, the focus is on us.
“There will be a derby environment and an atmosphere I’m sure, so that will be good.
“It’s a massive game but one we both believe we can win so that opens it up to hopefully a good spectacle.”