Horndean hope to give a debut to new midfield playmaker George Way in tonight’s Wessex premier test against Alresford Town at Five Heads Park (7.45pm).
Way is expected to sign from fellow premier division outfit Bemerton Heath Harlequins, after joining them from AFC Portchester during the summer.
Manager Dave Carter is hoping that Way can give his midfield a bit of extra bite and help his side turn things around.
After a good start to the campaign, Horndean have hit a rough patch and are sliding dangerously close to the relegation zone.
Horndean, who have lost five and drawn one of their past six league games, know it will be far from easy against their third-placed visitors.
Carter’s team also face a Portsmouth Senior Cup tie against Moneyfields on Thursday night.
‘We have a tough week ahead of us,’ said Carter.
‘I am looking to bring in four or five new players to freshen things up a bit.
‘George Way is the first and I am looking for him to come in and bolster our midfield.
‘He is strong on the ball and retains possession well, which is something we need at the moment.
‘Things have gone a bit stale lately and I need players to be fighting for their shirts.
‘Our injury problems have been horrendous, and because of a lack of depth, we have had to bring players straight back into the senior side.’
Horndean suffered a similar slump this time last season but recovered well to steer themselves well clear of danger.
Carter is hoping for a repeat of that and believes his team are good enough to remain in the division.
‘We have got more than enough to survive,’ said Carter.
‘Last season we went on to win eight or nine games on the trot.
‘Alresford will be tough but we do tend to raise our game against the better sides.’
With goalkeeper Jack Stanbridge coming off injured in the 4-2 defeat at Bournemouth, Carter is hoping Hawks loanee keeper Charlie Searle will be back.
Also tonight, Fareham host Petersfield Town in the Portsmouth Senior Cup.
– KEVIN RICKETTS