Ransomes Sports make the short journey this weekend (3rd Dec.) when they travel through IP4 to meet Coplestonians away in a SIL Senior Division fixture KO 2.00 pm.
This is not a game that needs extra spice, but that's what this fixture has been given by the bucket load, and not least because it's a local derby - Coplestonians were also the only team that Ransomes failed to beat in last seasons league campaign.
In their current flush of optimisim, this may well be a game Coplestonians expect to win. Whether they are yet quite accomplished enough to justify that expectation is another question, but they have every right to be pleased with their current form.
November has been relentlessly positive for Coplestonians. Eleven goals scored in their last four matches tells the tale of an improving side, along with three wins and a draw. This kind of form has given them every chance of repeating last seasons win over their near neighbours in the corresponding fixture which Coplestonians won 1-0.
It is easy to look at Ransomes of late and see a side nowhere near as fluidly cohesive as it should be. It has been hard to replicate last seasons success, and you could cite the functional gegenpressing style of their play as an endless demand that impacts on their 90 minute performance, but despite this, in contrast to last seasons start, Ransomes go in to December still unbeaten in the league. so maybe, simply winning games is Ransomes authentic self. They just need to continue to stay calm, relax and increase their performance to score more than their opponents.
Although it has been a good start to the season for Ransomes, in Linard and Godbold, Coplestonians have attackers good enough to cause most teams a problem, though it is fair to wonder if their defence can limit damage at the other end. They do have the best defensive record of any side outside of the top three therefore the suggestion is that they are starting to click and have what it takes.
A big scalp for Coplestonians would continue to do wonders for their prospects, and if the home side repeat the success of last season with another win, then it could give an all together different feel to their campaign going forward into the new year.
Ultimately, it is impossible to predict an outcome in a derby game with any authority, but we do know we are set for a tense and juddery encounter.