THE National League title is not at stake on Saturday but Paul Rutherford sees it is a good opportunity to boost Wrexham's promotion challenge and put a dent in Leyton Orient's hopes of success.

Leaders Wrexham head to Brisbane Road holding a two point lead over second placed Orient, who have a game in hand.

It is the first of 10 games remaining for Wrexham who are battling it out for automatic promotion with Solihull Moors and AFC Fylde as well as Orient.

It has been billed as a title decider but Rutherford just sees it as chance for Wrexham to take points off one of their rivals.

"It is a good opportunity, there are no two ways about it, and one we are excited about," said Rutherford.

"But that's all it is. If we go there and win we haven't guaranteed the title, if we get beat we don't guarantee that we are out of the picture.

"It's obviously important because we are playing second in the league and it's just a chance for us to get points on the board while one of your rivals doesn't.

"It is not going to define the season just as when Orient were here."

Orient scored two late goals to seal victory in November's reverse fixture and the O's also triumphed at The Racecourse in the FA Trophy.

But the way Justin Edinburgh's side celebrated that first win only gives Rutherford greater desire for Wrexham to come out on top this time around.

"Orient were really happy with a win here," said Rutherford. "They celebrated it quite loudly so that just fuels us a little bit more.

"It didn't guarantee them the league in November and they are still going strong in the FA Trophy, I think we experimented a little bit that day so I don't really use that as a barometer for where we are against them.

"I felt the first game in the league was an even contest and maybe that little bit of quality up top really helped them.

"But we have recruited really well, we have got strength and a clear identity under the manager now.

"We have got a good way of playing and we are full of confidence going into the game."

Rutherford is relishing being involved in such a big game

"Both teams have done really well over the course of the season, we are getting towards towards the back end of the season now with 10 games to go and we are first and second," he said.

"It is just brilliant to be involved in these type of games and it is a big occasion for both sides.

"It is a game of big importance and one we will be treating accordingly."

The game is being televised live by BT Sport, with a 12.35pm kick-off time, and Rutherford has welcomed the fact Wrexham have been acknowledged for their efforts this season.

"It just means I get back earlier and get to my Chinese!" added Rutherford. "We are happy to be on TV, it is a big game and hopefully we showcase what the Conference is about.

"We have got the two top sides playing on TV. In my opinion it is as strong as League Two and I don't think sometimes the Conference gets the praise it deserves for the standard that it is.

"I don't really look into our record on TV, you take each game on the merit that it deserves.

"We are in good form, they are in good form and it will be a good contest."