Horndean are banking on striker Gary Austin to help fire them away from the Wessex premier danger zone between now and Christmas, starting against Totton & Eling at Five Heads Park.
Five consecutive defeats have anchored Horndean in the bottom four, a situation manager Dave Carter is far from happy about.
Experienced striker Austin has been sidelined for two months with an ankle injury but scored on his return in the 2-1 midweek defeat at Brading Town.
‘Despite missing all those games Gary (Austin) is still our leading goalscorer with nine goals and he is a key figure,’ said Carter.
‘His lightning pace puts defenders under pressure, his work-rate is fantastic and he finishes well.
‘At the moment, because of injuries and suspensions, he is our lone striker and has an important part to play.
‘We face a testing few games between now and Christmas but it is important we start picking up more points.
‘A bit of a gap has opened up between us and the teams above and we must look to close it.
‘We have 16 points at the moment and I am targeting 22 by Christmas.’
Horndean are again badly hit by injuries and suspensions, with central defender Tom Chapman, goalkeeper Simon Howard and striker Billy Huntley all banned.
Alex Shepherd, Nathan Paxton and Tor Spicer are all injury doubts as Horndean still search for a first home win in the league.
Horndean: Foster, Plomer, Perkins, Smith, Shepherd, Luff, Fennemore, Warren, Spurway, McKie, Bell, Martin, Milroy, Austin, Paxton.
n Fareham Town are involved in a mid-table tussle against Downton at Cams Alders.
The Reds suffered a fourth consecutive defeat in midweek at home against Alton and manager Matt Parr wants his side to stop the rot.
‘We need to play a lot better,’ said Parr.
‘The lads are putting in lots of effort on the training ground but out on the pitch we have lacked leadership and a bit of quality at times.
‘We will keep faith with the players for the time being.’
Central midfielder Rob Pitman and full-back Jimmy Cuthbert both return tomorrow but Rob Tambling (suspended) and Ollie Warren (hip injury) are missing.
Fareham Town: Douglas, Camp, Jones, Doswell, Wall, Cuthbert, Stock, Vickers, Pitman, Boud, Darke S, Darke M, Cammack, Kirby.
n Moneyfields are looking to cause an upset as they travel to title-chasing Winchester City.
The Copnor club’s confidence was boosted by a thumping 5-1 home win over Lymington Town in midweek.
Manager Miles Rutherford faces the dilemma of whether to change his winning team tomorrow.
‘I have players available to come back but the side played really well in midweek,’ said Rutherford.
‘This is a big test for us.’
Russell Rackley, Steve Hutchings and ex-Winchester winger Sol Adedji are all back in contention.
Moneyfields: Hook, Evans, Wain, Horrell, Middleton, Hore, Gauntlett, Boyle, Savage, Bailey, Slater, Hutchings, Rackley, Adedji.
n Bottom club Hayling are without a match this weekend.