Fareham Town boss Matt Parr believes midfield general Danny Thompson can have a major influence when they host lowly Brockenhurst at Cams Alders (3pm).
The experienced Thompson returned to the club after spells at Gosport Borough and Moneyfields earlier in the season and has had a major influence on the Reds’ impressive showing this season.
‘Danny has been good for us since coming back,’ said Parr.
‘Not only is he a good ball player in the middle of the park, he is also a calming influence at times.
‘He is able to slow things down if needed and brings a greater maturity to our play.
‘His experience is important to the team.’
Tomorrow’s New Forest visitors have surprised everyone this season with their failure to make an impact in the division.
But Parr is convinced Brockenhurst are a much better side than their third-from-bottom league position suggests.
‘They have some good players in the team and it just shows how competitive this league is,’ said Parr.
‘We will have to make sure they don’t regain their form against us.
‘Despite losing at league leaders Winchester last week, we played well and must look to bounce back to winning ways.’
Full-back Ollie Warren returns to the squad after a fortnight out with ankle problems.
Fareham Town: Douglas, Martin, Wood, Jones, Buckland, Boud, Hayes, Kirby, Thompson, Spurway, Lindsey, Cuthbert, McKie, Warren, Redman.
n Rock-bottom Hayling United face another crucial game in their bid to escape relegation to division one with fellow strugglers Romsey Town visiting the College Ground.
Only eight points separate the bottom seven clubs in the relegation dogfight.
United already boast a 7-0 away win over their visitors but manager Lee Paul knows it won’t be that easy again.
‘It would be great to repeat our big win but I don’t care if it’s only by one goal this time,’ said Paul.
‘We are now unbeaten in three games and confidence is flooding back.
‘The teams above us can all be caught, including Romsey, which makes this a massive game.
‘I feel we are always a threat going forward and now the defence is starting to gel.’
The return of experienced defender Scott Thornton from injury will bolster Hayling’s defence even more.
Hayling United: Harrop, Kirby, Salter-Vaile, Watts, Thornton, Martin, Black, Case, Wray, Tambling, Burney, Clements, Turner, Keogh, Williams.
n Moneyfields can do Hayling a big favour by winning at relegation contenders Laverstock & Ford.
The home side, though, pulled off a shock midweek win over league leaders Winchester City.
‘Apart from Dan Gauntlett, who is probably playing his best football for us, we are not playing well,’ said Rutherford.
‘We are not passing the ball well and are struggling for form.’
Moneyfields are boosted by the return of Russell Rackley in midfield.
Moneyfields: Hook, Evans, Horrell, Elais, Kerridge, Wain, Blake, Gauntlett, Brown, Boyle, Bailey, Hunt, Page, N’Doye.