Matt Parr has called on his Fareham Town troops to show their FA Cup ‘appetite’.
The Reds manager welcomes former club Hayling United to Cams Alders in the competition tomorrow (3pm).
The game has been switched to the Fareham club’s headquarters due to problems with the Humbugs’ pitch at Hayling College.
Knowing both clubs, Parr expects a traditionally competitive derby.
But he reckons home advantage may prove the secret to a Fareham success.
‘We had two tough games against them last season – both ending in draws,’ said the boss.
‘On paper there is very little between the two sides and most of the players know each other.
‘A derby Cup tie is always competitive and it will all boil down to who wants it most on the day.
‘We will need to show an appetite for the contest.
‘To be fair, my players have displayed the correct attitude since the start of the year and I have been able to keep the team together.
‘We have only lost two or three games since then and we are improving all the time.
‘Having the game switched to our place should work in our favour because I fancy us to beat anyone at home.’
The Reds made the perfect start to their league campaign with a 2-0 win at Totton & Eling last weekend.
Parr is confident his side can do well in the league but feels a good Cup run is also vital.
Almost £2,000 is on offer for tomorrow’s winners.
And for small clubs such as Fareham and Hayling, it is a substantial amount.
‘It’s good prize money and can make a big difference to clubs like us and Hayling who do not have big budgets,’ said Parr.
‘Financially, it can prove crucial in helping the club move forward.
‘A good Cup run also gives added interest within the club.’
Parr is still without Robbie Tambling (fractured wrist) but welcomes Tom Winzar and Jimmy Cuthbert back for the first time this season.
Meanwhile, Humbugs boss Steve Poulton has shrugged off the loss of home advantage.
And he is confident his side can go to Fareham and get a result.
‘We did some work on our pitch and it isn’t quite ready,’ said Poulton.
‘It is a shame but there is no reason why we can’t get a result.
‘Games between us are usually feisty and both teams have goals in them.’
FAREHAM: Douglas, Martin, James, Lewis, Birmingham, Boud, Roden, Burt, Hibberd, Cuthbert, Winzar, Pitman, Lindsey, Tattersall, Redman
HAYLING: Hutchings, Keogh, Luff, Turvey, Black, Baker, Gadd, Vince, Tigwell, Martin, Case, Kinchen, Easton, Burney, Robinson