Fareham Town are aiming for a third consecutive Wessex League premier division win as they visit Bournemouth Poppies tonight (7.45pm).
The Reds had to work hard to beat fourth-placed Alresford Town at the weekend.
Manager Matt Parr is demanding more of the same work ethic from his team as they chase the results that will ensure they remain in the hunt for a lofty premier division finish.
‘We worked hard and got the win without being at our best,’ said Parr.
‘Keeping a clean sheet was very pleasing because in previous games we had been guilty of being a bit sloppy in defence.
‘Kieron Lewis and Louie Martin were superb for us at the back and are developing into a good partnership.
‘I rate these two and they possess a lot of quality.
Kieron is at the University of Portsmouth and is a very composed defender who reads the game well.
‘Louie’s progress has been blighted by injury but we don’t lose many games when he plays.
‘We have games on the teams above us so it is important we take advantage of that.
‘Staying on the shirt-tails of the top six is our aim and we are not too far away from where we want to be.’
Parr hopes to have left-winger Bryn McKie back from a knee injury.
Hayling United can climb further away from the relegation zone if they beat basement side Romsey Town at Hayling College tonight (7.45pm).
The visitors have only won once this season, conceding 55 goals in 16 games.
‘We have an important three games coming up – all against teams below us,’ said assistant boss Mark Tigwell.
‘Winning them will help us put some daylight between us and the bottom sides.
‘Being expected to win, though, can bring added pressure and we will need to deal with that.’
Central midfielder Pete Murphy returns from a hamstring injury but Aaron Kinchen is still at least two weeks away from playing, due to ankle ligament damage.
Unsettled striker Lenny Burney looks to be on his way to Hayling’s premier division rivals AFC Portchester.