Fareham Town boss Matt Parr is hoping for a vital boost tonight as his side visit Christchurch in the Wessex League premier division (7.45pm).
The Reds have won just once in the league all season and are third from bottom, one place and one point above their hosts.
Parr regards the game as a crunch contest.
He believes the Reds are showing signs of improvement.
‘This is a big game for both teams,’ said Parr.
‘It is important we find a winning formula.
‘I have brought a number of new and old faces back to the club in the last couple of weeks and now it is a case of getting the team to gel.
‘It was important to rebuild because the changes we made in the summer didn’t work.
‘We have shown in the last couple of games that things are improving and that there is light at the end of the tunnel.’
Though Fareham lost their last two outings, 5-2 and 4-2, they were up against two of the form teams in the league – Horndean and Petersfield Town.
The Reds were competitive in both games and that has given Parr grounds for optimism.
Both games were tough but he felt they were ideal preparation for tonight’s relegation battle.
‘With the rebuilding it is like we are having our pre-season again,’ said Parr.
‘It was hard in our last couple of games but they have allowed us to get sharper and gel more as a team.
‘Tonight’s game is all about getting points on the board and moving further away from the bottom two.’
Parr expects to give a debut to new central midfielder Jack James, signed from Petersfield Town.
Jimmy Cuthbert, Ian Humble and James Rolfe are all back after missing the Petersfield trip due to illness.
Influential player Mark Cotton is also set to return after two months out injured.
‘Having Mark back is like having a new player,’ added Parr.
‘He gives us pace and an added threat in the final third.’