The Hawks will need to dig deep at Dover as they look to improve their results on the road in Blue Square Bet Conference South (3pm).
Since opening the season in successful fashion with a 1-0 win at Boreham Wood, Shaun Gale’s side have suffered a miserable time on their travels this term.
Trips to Weston-super-Mare, Salisbury City, Eastbourne Borough and Maidenhead United have all drawn a blank for the Hawks.
And with his side sitting in an uncomfortable 17th place and just two points above the relegation zone, Gale knows they need to start picking up points.
‘We have got to go to Dover and get something,’ admitted Gale.
‘It won’t be easy because they are one of the fancied teams in our league.
‘They spent a lot in the summer bringing in some experienced players and, after making an indifferent start themselves, will be keen to make amends.
‘We must look to repeat our heroics of last season when we went there with a severely weakened side and came away with a win.
‘The key for us will be defending properly for the whole 90 minutes.
‘After our fantastic start to the season at Boreham Wood, things haven’t gone so well.
‘Some of the football played and performances have not been too bad but we have been punished for poor spells in games.
‘We are not a million miles away but need to achieve greater consistency.’
Gale’s side go into the game encouraged by their 3-0 home win over Thurrock last weekend, when they showed a lot of patience before making the vital breakthrough just before half-time.
What they can’t afford to do at Dover is let their heads drop, as they have done in some of their away games, once things go against them.
Defensively, the Hawks will need to be organised and show greater resilience from start to finish.
Staying out of the bottom three should prove a great incentive.
The visitors are still missing the forceful presence of Steve Ramsey in midfield.
He sits out the final game of a five-match ban, while central defender Chris Holland hasn’t trained because he is suffering from flu.
Jon McDonald, who did well slotting into the centre of defence against Thurrock, has a sore ankle but is hoping to be fit.
Experienced striker Lee Peacock goes into the game desperate to get back on the goal-trail.
He started the season in spectacular fashion, netting inside the first two minutes at Boreham Wood but, since then, has suffered a drought.
It would be timely for both the striker and his team if he were to regain his scoring touch at Dover.
‘We have made a disappointing start to the season and now need to build again,’ said Gale.
‘If we can put a little run together, things will soon change.
‘We must get back to what we had last season away from home when we were solid at the back and took our chances.’
Hawks: Beazely, Newton, McDonald, Woodford, Pearce, Arthur, Ryan, Fogden, Igoe, Okus, Barrett, Peacock, Braham-Barrett, White, Scott, Holland, Ashmore