DAVE Carter believes his Horndean side can spring a surprise on premier division leaders Winchester City at Five Heads Park tomorrow (3pm).
The home side may be struggling at the lower end of the table but manager Carter is convinced that isn’t a fair reflection of their quality.
Carter’s charges have been hit by injury and suspensions all season.
Those players are starting to return, however, giving him the belief the Deans can climb the league.
‘Winchester won’t like coming to play on our sloping pitch,’ said Carter.
‘It got cut up a bit in midweek and that won’t help them either.
‘We tend to raise our game against the better sides and I am confident we can cause an upset.
‘When we are at full strength we can be a match for anyone in our league.’
The home side are still without injured Torr Spicer (calf) and suspended goalkeeper Simon Howard.
Central defender Tom Chapman and striker Billy Huntley both came through the midweek Portsmouth Senior Cup win over the University of Portsmouth unscathed.
Horndean: Plomer, Smith, Luff, Shepherd, Chapman, Milroy, Fennemore, Spurway, McKie, Paxton, Huntley, Bell, Blackmore, Warren, Taylor, Perkins, Austin
n Youthful Fareham are aiming to halt their slide down the table as they entertain Fawley at Cams Alders.
‘We have gone seven games without a win and just need a win to boost the youngsters’ confidence,’ said Reds boss Matt Parr.
‘Our performances have been good during a tricky run of games against top sides.
‘The players have not got the rewards their efforts deserve.’
Parr is boosted by the return of midfield duo Rob Pitman and John Stevens.
Fareham Town: Douglas, Burt, Jones, Cuthbert, Cammack, Stevens, Pitman, Darke S, Green, Tambling, Camp, Darke M, Berry, Boud, Vickers
n Bottom-club Hayling United have a tough home assignment against third-placed GE Hamble.
‘It doesn’t get any easier because GE Hamble are going well at the moment,’ said boss Lee Paul.
‘We have a habit of picking up points against top sides, though.
Sean Thurgood, Scott Thornton and Darren Watts all return for the Humbugs.
Hayling United: Patilla, Gadd, Baker, Thornton, Haywood, Tigwell, Salter-Vaile, Thurgood, Bishop, Kitchen, Burney, Watts, Summers, Fisher, Case
n Moneyfields travel to lowly Alresford Town looking to build on last week’s 2-0 win over Laverstock & Ford.
The Copnor club were easy winners but manager Miles Rutherford wasn’t happy with their lacklustre second-half performance.
‘Players wanted too many touches and got complacent,’ said Rutherford.
Moneyfields: Hook, Evans R, Bailey, Horrell, Rackley, Hore, Gauntlett, Boyle, Slater, Middleton, Hutchings, Savage, Adedji, Wain, Lee