Moneyfields manager Dave Carter is flying back from holiday ahead of his side’s Wessex League premier division top-of-the-table clash at Blackfield & Langley tomorrow (3pm).
Both teams are level on 22 points at the summit with eight games played, although it is Blackfield who lead the way on goal difference.
But with the potential to dethrone the early table toppers, it is a game Carter doesn’t want to miss.
‘It is a massive game for both teams even at this early stage of the season,’ he said.
‘Whoever wins will open up a three-point gap at the top.
‘It is one of the results the rest of the league will be looking out for.
‘We are intending to go there and make a statement and the main thing is not to lose.
‘Their big flat pitch will suit us with the pace we have in our team.’
The visitors are without Curtis Da Costa, who is ruled out with a dislocated shoulder and Tyler Giddens, who picked up a back injury in midweek.
Striker Steve Hutchings returns to boost the visitors’ firepower.
Horndean face something of an unknown as they entertain Old Abbotonians at Five Heads Park in the second qualifying round of the FA Vase (3pm).
The visitors play in division one of the Western League but had a good 4-0 win over Lymington in the last round.
‘One of the joys of the Vase is the chance to play new teams,’ said Horndean manager Michael Birmingham.
‘It is particularly nice to be at home and not have to travel halfway across the world.
‘We have to look to make the most of that and get the job done.
‘It might not be pretty but we must aim to be in the hat for the next round.’
Anthony Ender continues in goal in place of suspended Tom Price but full-back Jordan Fancy starts a ban.
AFC Portchester make the long journey to meet Forest of Dean hosts Lydney Town (3pm).
The home side are currently mid-table in the Hellenic League and Royals boss Graham Rix expects a tough test.
‘We are in decent form at the moment and if we continue with our level of performance will have a chance,’ said Rix.
The visitors are boosted by the return of defenders Gary Moody and Craig Hardy from injury and suspension.
Fareham Town face an awkward trip to Wessex League division one high-fliers Shaftesbury (3pm).