Tom Killick is ignoring recent results and events ahead of Poole’s Bank Holiday clash with Dorchester.
The Magpies will make the relatively short journey along the A35 perhaps slightly deflated, after former fan favourite Tom Blair scored a 90th minute screamer to send new club Salisbury home with three points.
In contrast, Poole come into the fixture on a bit of a high, after putting four past Harrow Borough.
Despite the differing results, Killick believes both sides will be up for the match, stating: “It being a local derby, that type of stuff is eradicated a lot more easily than if it was just another game for them.
“I think their mentality playing against us will still be very strong, notwithstanding what happened to them on Saturday.
Dorchester have been somewhat fortunate in recent seasons to be reprieved due to different factors, but by all accounts, have improved under new manager Robbie Herrera.
Killick has noted this, saying: “People are telling me that they are improving, and that the new manager is doing well.
“I’m sure he’ll need a bit more time into the season to improve things even more. But, you only have to look at the result that they got away at Hendon, which apparently was fully deserved.
“The fact that they’ve only just lost at the death to a very strong Salisbury side, the fact that they narrowly lost away at Taunton after missing a last-minute penalty – clearly they are a strong opponents, no one has put them away convincingly.
“I know that local derbies are helter-skelter stuff normally. We just have to keep our mentality, and not get carried away with Saturday’s victory.
With two games in just three days and a tight squad, some managers may be concerned about fitness – but Killick appears relatively non-plussed.
“I prefer to have your home game second when you’re a bit tired on a Bank Holiday – I’d rather be away first and then at home second. But, on Monday our visitors are only coming up the road. I’m a little bit surprised that we’ve got that amount of travelling on a Bank Holiday weekend.”
Whilst there are no fresh injury concerns for Poole, they will be without Jack Dickson, who is away on holiday.