manager Glenn Bridgman is backing AFC Portchester to stall Newport IOW’s promotion ambitions at Wicor Rec tonight (7.45pm).
The Isle of Wight outfit moved to within five points of the Wessex League premier division top three with a 2-0 win over Moneyfields.
They also have four games in hand and look well placed to launch a charge.
Bridgman, however, insists his side are capable of causing an upset.
He said: ‘All the pressure will be on Newport because they need to beat us to maintain their chances of promotion.
‘All we are aiming to do is survive in this league for this season.
‘I have always maintained that when I can field my first-choice side we can be a match for anyone in this league.
‘With Simon Woods and Blu Boam up front we are always going to score goals.’
Both strikers hit the target in Portchester’s 2-1 win at Alton Town which moved them closer to mid-table security.
Woods scored with a typical effort, latching onto a good throughball before firing his shot across the goalkeeper and into the net.
Boam hit the winning goal in the second half – a spectacular effort with the outside of his left-foot from the angle of the area.
‘Blu can be a match-winner and has an unbelievable left-foot,’ said Bridgman.
‘He is good in the air and always seems to score worldies.’
Horndean have striker Chamal Fenelon and defender Joe Noakes back from suspension for their Russell-Cotes Cup tie against Totton & Eling at Five Heads Park.
Manager Dave Carter is likely to rest Tom Chapman and Dan Hayes who are carrying knocks.
‘We have two big league games coming up, so I might rest a few,’ said Carter.
Gosport Borough host Hampshire Premier League leaders Locks Heath at Privett Park (7.45pm).
Borough beat Bideford 2-0 in the Southern League premier division on Saturday.