Lancaster City are set to have a big say in the Evo-Stik First Division North title race on Saturday.
The Dolly Blues host second in the table Darlington with the Quakers needing three points to keep up the pressure on top of the league Salford City.
Boss Darren Peacock said: “A few weeks ago I said even though the play-offs were out of reach we’d got some big games coming up.
“There’s personal pride and next season to play for.
“It’s not just a big game for Darlington.
“I think it’s fair to say there’s been one eye on it for a while.
The championship looks like it’s going down to the wire and we’re going to have a say in that on Saturday
“The championship looks like it’s going down to the wire and we’re going to have a say in that on Saturday.”
City will be looking up to keep their own fine form in front of a bumper Giant Axe crowd having drawn 0-0 at play-off chasing Spennymoor and beaten Droylsden 4-0 in the past week.
Peacock said: “Our turnaround since Christmas has been amazing.
“We’re really looking forward to Saturday.
“They’ve got a big fan base and will obviously be going for it.
“We’ve got a real head of steam up though and with two games to go we want six points.”
The stalemate at Spennymoor was particularly pleasing for Peacock as his side recorded a third straight clean sheet with another fine defensive display.
He said: “The lads were brilliant.
“We had a long trip and only arrived at 7pm for 7.45pm kick-off.
“There were fantastic though, their work rate and commitment couldn’t have been better.
“We defended from the front and played some nice football.
“This was against a team who I think are the best we’ve played against this season when they won 4-1 at our place.”
Matty Poole, Tom Kilifin and Ben Hudson have all been battling injury and will be assessed before the weekend.