Horndean are without central defender Dan Hayes for their Wessex League premier division derby against Hayling United at Five Heads Park tonight (7.45pm).
Instead of bolstering the heart of the home defence, Hayes is on a charity modelling assignment.
‘Dan (Hayes) is strutting his stuff on the catwalk modelling underwear and suntan lotion for the Help the Heroes charity,’ said Deans manager Dave Carter.
Fortunately, Carter has experienced defenders Kev Chatfield and Tom Chapman available again.
A frustrated Chapman recently left the club but has agreed to come back and help them with their horrendous fixture backlog.
‘He (Chapman) wasn’t enjoying things but after a little chat he has agreed to make himself available for some games,’ said Carter.
‘We still have 14 games to play so we need to use all our players.’
Horndean had a good 3-1 win over basement club Romsey on Tuesday night. Another victory could take them up to 13th in the league and put a considerable amount of daylight between themselves and the bottom two.
‘The youngsters did well against a Romsey side that tried to bully them,’ said Carter. ‘I might need to freshen things up a little because it was a heavy pitch and some of them might not recover in time.’
Hayling will come into the game refreshed after their scheduled clash with GE Hamble was called off.
The Humbugs have Pete Murphy back from injury and Nathan Kirby returning from suspension.
‘Horndean went above us on Tuesday so this is a chance for us to get back in front,’ said Humbugs boss Steve Poulton.
‘A lot of the players have played for both clubs so we are expecting a close-affair between two well-matched teams.’
Fareham Town travel to the Waterside to take on title-chasing Blackfield & Langley.
The Reds have lost their past two games, both at home, and know they face a tough prospect to turn things around at Gang Warily.
The Hawks have rearranged their Blue Square Bet South game against Maidenhead United at Westleigh Park for next Tuesday, March 26 (7.45pm).