There will be a twisted enjoyment for Tonbridge manager Tommy Warrilow on Saturday when his side entertain big-spending Sutton in The Skrill South.
Rivalry has existed between the clubs for years and now the south London side are pushing to get themselves back into the non-league elite.
Warrilow has often stressed this season will be a tough one at Longmead and this weekend’s clash underlines his point. He said: “I do expect Sutton to be up there. It’s another difficult game for us.
“It’s been well documented that they’ve invested heavily throughout the summer and they’ve brought big names in. In a masochistic way, it’s fantastic to have all these games.”
Despite the perceived gap between the clubs, only one point separates them after five matches. Sutton have yet to score away from home this season, while Angels have a new-found confidence after two consecutive wins.
Warrilow said: “I know I’ve got good players and they’ve proved it in the last two games. We’ve got to make sure we take that into every game.
“It’s all right talking about it but the boys have to have the belief and not be frightened to make mistakes."
Centre-back Gary Elphick (hamstring) is out for another two weeks but Jon Heath, Ryan Watts, Nathan Green and Mikel Suarez are fit to face Sutton.