Rejuvenated Portsmouth face a tough trip to in-form Old Alleynians in London two south west tomorrow (2.30pm).
The south London side have beaten top three teams Tottonians and Sutton & Epsom in recent weeks, so the Rugby Camp outfit are in for a stiff examination.
Ian Chandler’s side, however, will travel in a confident frame of mind after their 65-0 win over KCS OB’s a fortnight ago.
That win moved them up to sixth, keeping them on the shirt tails of the leading bunch.
Chandler believes a win tomorrow and another next weekend against Tottonians will leave his team handily placed to launch a bid for promotion in the new year.
‘We are pleased with the way things have started to come together,’ said Chandler.
‘At the start of the season we expected to bounce straight back up after being relegated.
‘We paid the price maybe for a little bit of arrogance and learned a lesson.
‘The arrogance has been knocked out of us and now it is more of a self-belief.
‘If we can put more points on the board in the next two weeks it will put us right back into the mix.’
Portsmouth have five players missing.
Forwards Matt Morgan and brothers Darren and Jason Crabb are absent, while in the three-quarters Steve Gee and Gareth Richards are not available.
‘Though we are missing a number of key players we have a good strength in depth,’ said Chandler.
‘All the players coming in are good players.’
Alex Lamont and Adam Long return to the forwards with Cameron Duffus, Curtis Barnes and Danny Harris replacing the missing backs.
Twenty-year old Barnes has already proved a match-winner for Portsmouth this season.
In Hampshire one, third-placed United Services should maintain pressure on the top two by beating lowly Petersfield at Penns Place.
Fareham Heathens will be looking for only their second win of the season in Hampshire two as they host Lymington Mariners at Cams Alders.
Southsea Nomads travel to take on the students of Solent University.