Miles Rutherford warned Moneyfields against complacency as they prepared for their Wessex League premier division derby at AFC Portchester.
Glenn Bridgman’s top-flight newcomers will start the clash as underdogs.
But Rutherford knows that only serves to make them more dangerous.
‘In big derbies managers often prefer to start as the underdogs,’ he said.
‘We have to handle the expectations on us to go out and play our football.
‘Although we have a lot more experience than Portchester at this level, they have done reasonably well since stepping up. It should be interesting.’
Bridgman is relishing the chance to take on Moneys at Wicor Mill.
He said: ‘They are one of the favourites to finish in the top three and have the best strike-force in our league.
‘If we go out, play our own game and take our opportunities then we have a chance.
‘We have to stop giving away cheap goals, though.’
Rutherford is boosted by the return from suspension of experienced forward Warren Hunt.
Meanwhile, the hosts’ Simon Woods will be looking to add to the 15 goals he has already notched this season.
Fareham face a tough test at unbeaten Downton.
‘We were the only side to win at Downton last season and they are very strong at home,’ said boss Matt Parr.
Horndean will be aiming to complete a double over visitors Romsey Town at Five Heads Park.