Lee Bradbury is expecting a full-blooded encounter at Canvey Island in the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup (3pm).
The Westleigh Park boss rates it as a tough assignment and one where the Hawks will need to be at their battling best to get the better of the Ryman League premier division hosts.
There is a lot at stake for both teams – including £12,500 in prize money for the winners.
A place in the draw for the first round proper – which will feature Football League opposition such as Pompey – is also up for grabs.
For now, though, Bradbury’s focus is very much on negotiating the banana skin at Ryman premier Canvey Island.
‘There is a huge incentive for both teams and I am expecting a hostile environment,’ said the Hawks boss.
‘We have to be prepared to go there and handle the situation.
‘They will be keen to get in our faces from the start and put us on the back foot.
‘It is important for us to match their work-rate and do the horrible part of the game.
‘We know we will have to go and earn the right to play our football.
‘If we do that then it will allow our bit of quality to pay off.’
Bradbury wants to see a repeat of the professional performance that saw the Hawks win 2-0 at Wingate & Finchley in the last round.
Two Bradley Bubb goals were enough to send them through in a confident manner that day.
Defensively, the Hawks have been very sound this term, with last weekend’s 3-2 home defeat by Chelmsford City in the Vanarama Conference South totally out of character.
Bradbury’s team didn’t concede a single goal during September and have kept seven clean sheets in their past 10 games.
The manager felt they were unfortunate against the Essex visitors.
But remains keen to see the Hawks back to their miserly best tomorrow.
‘We conceded a soft penalty and another goal resulted from a wicked deflection,’ said Bradbury.
‘It was unlucky and not a true reflection because we produced some of our best football of the season.
‘If we can go to Canvey Island and keep the door shut at the back then we have the quality to score goals at the other end.
‘We will be going there to win the game, though, and not sitting back looking for the draw.’
Bradbury has the luxury of a full-strength squad to select from and is unlikely to make many changes to his established starting line-up.
Experienced midfielder Brian Stock is expected to continue in front of the back four – with Bradley Bubb and JJ Hooper getting the nod up front.
‘The FA Cup is always full of upsets and Canvey Island will be fancying their chances of producing another one,’ added Bradbury.
‘We have to make sure that doesn’t happen.’
HAWKS: Young, Strugnell, Dutton, Harris, Cummings, Donnelly, Stock, Ciardini, Huggins, Bubb, Hooper, Ryan, Woodford, Blanchett, Swallow, Mullings, Searle, Monteiro