IT'S the game we've all been waiting for.
The weekend display at nearby Manor Park may have produced plenty of fireworks, but that's nothing compared to what's expected at the Rec this Saturday.
Aldershot/Billericay clashes have never been short of incident and controversy both on and off the pitch, but somehow you get the feeling the best is yet to come.
If things were charged up then, then this could be explosive.
Centre of attention on Saturday will undoubtedly be George Borg — the man who was sacked by Aldershot under a cloud in February, and returns to the Rec for the first time as head coach of their biggest league rivals.
Borg has not been backward in coming forward in recent weeks — his string of comments and accusations made to a national newspaper recently, directed at the running of the club, are currently being looked at by solicitors in a plot, which could run on and on.
And then there's the players he has on board. Saturday may also see the first return of warring pair Ollie Adedeji and Mark Graham — the pair sacked by the club for fighting each other during that infamous afternoon in March — ironically at Billericay!
Adedeji cut his foot in a work accident this week, however, and remains a doubt.
Borg may be in for a long afternoon from his disapproving old following, but whatever happens, his big day will not be spoilt.
He said: "I've heard a lot of stuff about the people who might be having a pop at me, but at the end of the day, it's a game of football and we will be going all out to get three points.
"I'm looking forward to meeting the good people at Aldershot who can look me in the eye. I had great success and good memories there and it will be nice to see the place again.
"I do expect to be victimised by 50 or so people there but it won't ruin my day. If I get stick, I get stick, but I don't deserve it and I'm big enough and ugly enough to take it on the chin.
"I made those comments to protect myself because I was being tarnished with a brush I didn't deserve. I did well for this club."
Borg continues to enjoy success in the higher reaches of the Ryman League table — helping boss Gary Calder guide Billericay to fifth place.
They also have the best defensive record in the league, but do arrive at the Rec on the back of three successive league and cup defeats.
He is, however, confident that his troops can upset the formbook and subject the Shots to another home defeat.
He added: "Although we've lost our last three matches, we haven't had a lot of luck. Home games will always be difficult for Aldershot because they are the biggest club and teams raise their game when they go to the Rec.
"There is no bigger game for Billericay than Aldershot away and we'll be up for this one. It's not about George Borg, it's about two good footballing teams battling for three points.
"It's going to be tight and tense but the pressure is on Aldershot, not us. Not making the first round of the FA Cup will be a bitter pill to swallow for them, and such is their massive playing budget, success is demanded."
While accepting this is an important fixture for his men, Borg's successor Terry Brown is playing down the rivalry that exists and is treating it like just another game.
He said: "At the end of the day, the nucleus of my side don't know George, so it's just another game.
"Obviously I'm aware that the likes of Jason Chewins, Richard Gell and Lee Holsgrove will have a few points to prove but the rest of the lads will need motivating like they do for any other game.
"Billericay have probably the best defence in the league. They will be well-organised and I'm expecting a tough game on Saturday. If we lose our heads like we did against Chesham then we could lose the game.
"The supporters have been magnificent so far this season, but I am aware it's likely to be tense on Saturday. Let's not make it anti-Billericay, but lift the boys and make it pro-Aldershot."
Brown has problems going into this clash — indeed, as the News went to press, he was still looking to secure the short-term services of a goalkeeper as cover for Nikki Bull, who serves a one-match suspension.
Brown has his eye on two ex-professional goalkeepers to sign on a week-to-week basis and is hoping to land one of them on Thursday. The boss seems to prefer that option rather than draft in either reserve team keeper Ben Lauder-Dyke or cover Billy McMahon, who is still suffering from stomach pains.
Rumours suggesting Cheslea's Mark Bosnich need to be seen to be believed.
Bull joins skipper Jason Cousins and now Nick Roddis on the sidelines after the midfield dynamo limped off from Monday night's game at Boreham Wood with a hamstring pull. He is being assessed this week, but could be out for two to three weeks.
The good news for Brown is that Karl Ready is expected to return to first team action after missing the last two games with a stomach bug. Anthony Charles and Holsgrove, who both played through the pain barrier on Monday, should be fit to play.
Billericay are likely to field ex-Ipswich and Dagenham veteran Mark Brennan and striker Roy Essandoh, who scored that famous late winner for Wycombe to beat Leicester City in the FA Cup quarter-final in 2001.