Moneyfields are desperate to beat the weather tomorrow as they host Totton & Eling at Dover Road (3pm).
The Copnor club will do all they can to ensure the pitch is playable for the Wessex League premier division clash.
If it’s postponed, they face losing the services of Adrian Brockway and Warren Hunt for the following week’s vital FA Vase trip to Odd Down.
‘With the weather forecast, we face a real battle to get our pitch fit,’ said Rutherford.
‘Because we have lost games to the weather, we have a number of suspensions piling up.
‘We will need as many members as possible at the ground on Saturday morning to help fork the pitch.
‘Player-wise, we are down to the bare bones so we can do without going into the Vase game with a weakened team.’
Moneys are already without Shaun Wilkinson due to a two-match ban, but are close to getting influential duo James Lacey and Stuart Green back.
Graham Rix believes his AFC Portchester team’s sense of determination will stand them in good stead ahead of a stern test from Bemerton Heath Harlequins (3pm).
Rix said: ‘We have only lost once in the league all season but the players have been told they cannot afford to take their foot off the pedal.
‘We have to remain focused and treat every game as if it is the Champions League final.’
Fareham Town go to eighth-placed Whitchurch United.
Manager Matt Parr is looking for a response after the poor midweek loss to Bemerton.
He said: ‘I am hoping midweek, when every player had an off-game, was a hiccup.
‘It is something we need to correct because we know that we are better than that.
‘We have been excellent in the league and have to get back to that.’
The Reds welcome back central midfield players Pete Murphy and Ian Humble. They are also expecting to give league debuts to James Thomson and Blu Boam.
Horndean visit fellow strugglers Bournemouth looking for a return to winning ways.
Aaron Fennemore and Neil Perkins return for the Deans.
Manager Dave Carter is also hoping to bring in new signings.
He said: ‘I am looking to freshen things up with a couple of new faces.’