Having put in the sort of selfless performance that personified Pertemps Bees' 11-7 victory at Otley on Saturday, Simon Martin has warned Bedford his team are desperate to improve their parlous home form.
Bees' victory at Cross Green was their sixth of the season and their fifth on the road but while the Solihull side's tour bus has blazed a trail around National One their performances in front of their own supporters have stalled in the most frustrating way.
They might have run promotion-chasing Leeds close and beaten full-timers Exeter at Sharmans Cross Road but their efforts against Doncaster, Rotherham and Newbury have paled in comparison to successes such as last weekend's.
And for that reason — as well as the small matter of wanting revenge for 68-16 battering they took when Bedford last visited — Martin has outlined the club's determination to set the record straight when the Blues arrive in five days' time.
The inside-centre put in a spectacular defensive display against Otley before twisting his knee and being replaced after half an hour and he could not help but be impressed by the character Bees' showed against redoubtable Yorkshire opponents.
It was exactly the sort of workout they need with Bedford coming to town.
"That sort of performance is only going to stand us in good stead for the coming winter," he said. "Not many teams will go up there and win now.
"The last time Bedford came to us was one of the worst games I played in and it would have been nice to set the record straight.
"We are much better equipped to deal with them this time, even if we put a similar team out to last week. We have more pace, more power and more energy, we are well capable of getting a win. We need one too because we are doing really well away from home but we need to give our home supporters something to cheer. It's been pretty tough for them so far this season.
"If we could get five points it would be good for our fans and put us just behind Bedford in the league and challenging for a top five spot."
A four-try victory would draw Bees level on 40 points with the Goldington Road outfit and lift them to joint-sixth in the First Division. No mean feet for a club existing on a fraction of the budget of the teams above them.
Otley are not one of those sides. Peter Clegg's men are a regular feature in the bottom half of the table though, that said, they are not usually involved in relegation battles.
Much of that is because of their strength on their own pitch. Very few sides leave Cross Green with anything other than a bruised ego so to escape with more was a massive boost to Martin.
"It was a brilliant win," he said. "The conditions really suited them. They must have been doing cartwheels when it started to rain especially when they know we are a team that likes to play expansively.
"But we dug in and put on a solid team performance.
"We could have hidden behind the fact we had people out or the weather didn't help us but rugby is a ten month game in which you in sun, wind, rain and sun again. You have to be able to cope," he said alluding to the late withdrawals of captain Mark Cornwell and fly-half Brad Davies.
For his part Martin made just his second start of the season with regular Tristan Davies dropping down to the bench — until the 33rd minute that is.
Before then the former Coventry three-quarter had put in several crunching tackles that completely disrupted the hosts' rhythm as he tried to convince Bees head coach Steve Williams he was worth another appearance against Bedford.
His knee injury means that won't happen — Martin measures his likely absence in weeks rather than months — but at this stage of his career he is revelling in the fact he is playing for a team that isn't losing on a consistent basis.
"It has been frustrating this season but we have got far better players than we had last year," he said. "Tristan is a good player and a good friend so being part of a squad like this has made it easier for me.
"If I was 22 and not nearly 32 I would be pretty angry with being left out but I have played a lot of rugby and have had a lot of injuries.
"I'm really just enjoying being part of a successful squad which is nice after last couple of years here and at Coventry. Yes, of course, you want to be involved in every game but when you have got the players we have it doesn't matter as much."