Horndean can take a major step towards Wessex League premier division safety with a victory over Bournemouth Poppies at Five Heads Park tonight (7.45pm).
Dave Carter’s side gave themselves a massive boost at the weekend by returning from league leaders Winchester City with an unlikely 0-0 draw.
Only the woodwork prevented them from pulling off the shock of the season, too, as Chemal Fenelon’s free-kick crashed back off the post two minutes from time.
Nonetheless, Carter believes the increased self-belief can see them go one better tonight.
‘We are going into games confident of picking up points,’ said the boss.
‘This is the business end of the season and we are hitting a bit of form at the right time.
‘We are definitely looking like a fair-weather team, as we seem to play our best football when the sun is out.
‘I’m hoping the recent spell of fine weather lasts a bit longer.’
Horndean are bolstered by the return of Dan Hayes, Louis Bell and Nathan Paxton but Jake Warren and Aaron Fennemore are doubts with groin strains.
Meanwhile, bottom club Hayling United travel to Christchurch with manager Steve Poulton in bullish mood.
‘We are going there needing to win and believe we can still escape,’ he said.
‘Our last four games are at home and we have to think they are all winnable.
‘It is still a real dogfight and the bottom sides are suddenly starting to pick up points.’
Sean Thurgood is out for the rest of the season after a knee operation but centre-half Scott Thornton returns from suspension.
Fourth-placed Moneyfields are on a revenge mission as Downton visit Dover Road (7.45pm).
Downton beat the Copnor club earlier in the season and Miles Rutherford wants to see his in-form side put the record straight.
‘Downton are one of the teams just below us, so a win would put more daylight between us and them,’ said the manager.
Midfielder Russell Rackley returns to the squad and Michael Birmingham is also available despite breaking his nose at the weekend.