Horndean manager Dave Carter has warned unbeaten Fareham Town it’s time for change at Five Heads Park tonight (7.45pm).
Both teams are in confident mood after FA Cup wins at the weekend.
Horndean won 2-1 at local rivals Petersfield Town while Fareham won 2-0 at Newport IW.
But last season the Reds held sway in the derby battles, with two league victories.
Carter is determined that will not be repeated this season.
He believes his strong squad can cause problems for Matt Parr’s men.
‘Fareham took all six points off us last year and that is something we intend to remedy,’ said Carter.
‘I think we possess more strength in depth this season and can cause Fareham a lot more problems.
‘Last season our cup runs led to us falling behind in the league.
‘That is something else we want to avoid this time around.
‘At Petersfield it was good to have players on the subs bench who can go on and change the game.
‘We have not been playing at our best so far but have managed to grind out a few results.
‘The players are working hard for each other and will need to keep that up if we are to get anything from this game.
‘There is never a lot between the two teams and I expect it to be a feisty affair.’
Tommy Woodward and Lenny Burney were on the mark in Horndean’s FA Cup win at Petersfield.
In-form Burney will pose a physical threat up front and one that Fareham will need to guard against.
The ex-Hayling hitman holds the ball up well and possesses a good strike.
Horndean are hoping that central defender Dan Hayes will be fit to play.
He was given 45 minutes of the cup tie as he continues his recovery from a groin injury.
Fareham will arrive in confident mood following their impressive Cup win at St Georges Park.
A goal in each half from Sam Knight sent the Reds into the next round.
Manager Matt Parr predicts a difficult test but is backing his team to maintain their unbeaten start in the league.
‘Horndean isn’t the easiest place in the world to go and get a result,’ said Parr.
‘They have got some quality players in their squad and we will have to arrive wanting the win.
‘I have managed there and know how difficult the sloping pitch can be to play on.
‘Both teams like to get the ball down and pass it so it should be an exciting affair.
‘We are playing well as a team and once we start scoring more goals it will be even better.’
Parr is boosted by the return of ace goalscorer Graham Lindsey.
He missed out on Saturday due to a wedding.
They also have Robbie Pittman back after a spell in America.
AFC Portchester head for Romsey Town tonight (7.45pm).
Manager Graham Rix will be hoping for a repeat of their superb performance in beating Southern League outfit Godalming Town away from home on Saturday in the FA Cup.
Lewis Stockford got the only goal of the game.
Meanwhile, in the Hampshire Premier League, Paulsgrove host newcomers Baffins Milton Rovers at Allaway Avenue (6pm).