Alex Pike admits he has to be careful with asking too much of Mike Gosney.
The former Totton winger was instrumental for Gosport Borough in their crucial 2-1 win over Chelmsford last weekend, after recovering from a back problem.
He added a different attacking dimension to supply the ammunition for goalscoring debutant Tim Sills.
But Pike knows he faces a tricky dilemma in how to get the best from Gosney ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Whitehawk.
Pike said: ‘Mike has had a few weeks out, played against Petersfield in the Russell-Cotes Cup and I decided to throw him straight back in.
‘For 50-60 minutes, he was untouchable.
‘We’ve got to give him the ball because the man is a potential match-winner.
‘Anyone like that is a very valuable asset and we need to get him on the park as often as possible.
‘He has good delivery from wide areas and Tim Sills gets on the end of things. It’s an exciting combination.
‘But we have to look after him. We have a few players that need to be carefully managed and I have to consider that as well.
‘Players need to be rested sometimes and you have to do it for them because they all want to play every week.’
Brighton-based Whitehawk were promoted from the Isthmian League as champions last term after Pompey’s Jed Wallace played an important role on loan, scoring eight goals in 11 games for them.
But even without Wallace in their ranks, Pike is still wary of their threat.
He said: ‘They got promoted as we did last season and they haven’t found it easy, either.
‘They don’t have Jed Wallace this season but they do have Danny Mills, who is a dangerous striker we have to watch.
‘But they are only four points ahead of us so both teams will see this as a winnable fixture.
‘What’s important at any level is to string results together. We haven’t done that at all this season and this is an opportunity to do that.
‘We’ve had our confidence restored a bit after the win over Chelmsford. But now we need to build on that result.’
Despite his red card against Chelmsford, skipper Jamie Brown is available as his suspension does not start until next week.