Mark Benterman takes his Halstead Town side into Saturday’s top-of-the-table clash at Whitton United (3pm) hoping to unleash a big new signing.
The Humbugs boss believes the addition of the unnamed experienced utility man, who can play across the defence or midfield, will send out a big marker of their intentions this season.
The Thurlow Nunn League First Division side travel to Ipswich off the back of their best start to a season in 26 years, having bagged 30 points from a possible 33.
Victory at Whitton would put them within a point of the leaders with two games in hand on their rivals.
But Benterman continues to strive to improve the squad, backed up with a transfer that was said to be just a matter of paperwork being completed as the Free Press went to print.
“He is an experienced player who is well know as a Thurlow Nunn one player playing for one of our rivals,” said Town’s boss. “If we pull it off it will be a great coup for the club and I just think once we sign him and people see who it is we will show people what we are trying to do.”
The Halstead chief knows exactly what to expect at the league leaders, but will not be altering his side’s open approach to the game.
“We have had them watched three times in the last four games and scouting is one thing I have added so we know what the opposition can offer,” he said.
“There is no need to go there and change the formation to accommodate them — we are second in the league for a reason.”
He added: “I think it will be a good game as we have both been scoring goals, but having said that I think it will either be 0-0, 1-0 or 2-0.
“The result will not determine where we will finish this year, but it will be a good indication of how far off we are.”
Benterman faces a selection headache after ringing the changes in Saturday’s Red Insure Cup win over Team Bury, but seeing his side play what he believed to be the best football of their season.
Ellis Carter, with six league goals in his six games, was one of six players who dropped down to the reserves fighting to come back in as Benterman looks to ensure they do not pass up as many goalscoring opportunities as in Saturday’s 1-0 win.
Third-from-bottom Cornard United, who lost 2-0 at home to Halstead’s opponents Whitton on Saturday, host Team Bury (3pm) looking for their first win in five.
Fourteenth-placed Long Melford, who were due to host AFC Sudbury Reserves in the Red Insure Cup last night, welcome second-bottom Downham Town to Stoneylands on Saturday (3pm) hoping to halt their run of four straight league defeats.