Moneyfields manager Miles Rutherford admits he is wary of the threat posed by Petersfield Town in tonight’s Wessex League Cup tie at Dover Road (7.45pm).
The Copnor club will start as favourites as the premier division side.
But Petersfield have already proven their mettle in cup ties this season.
Rutherford reckons they will win promotion from division one this season.
He said: ‘I think Petersfield will be playing premier division football next season.
‘They have some decent strikers so we know they will be alright going forward.
‘I am still without a number of key players which is a shame – and a few of our young lads played last night in the FA Youth Cup at Fratton Park.
‘The League Cup and the FA Vase are important to us in keeping our season alive.’
The home side are without suspended pair Shaun Wilkinson and Warren Hunt while Stuart Green and James Lacy are still injured.
Petersfield manager Ian Saunders is also hit by injury and unavailability.
‘This will be our most difficult local test yet,’ said Saunders.
‘Moneyfields are a powerful team and do well on their own patch.
‘We will go there and be as competitive as we can.’
Central-defender Lewis Hide is suspended, striker Steve Cammack has a hamstring problem and Andy Todd, signed from United Services, is unavailable.