Gosport Borough are hoping to beat the weather as they head to Sholing for a rearranged Red Insure League Cup tie tonight (7.45pm).
The visitors have James Ford back after unavailability and could also include goalkeeper Steve May and midfielder Ian Jones in their starting line-up.
‘With the weather it has to be touch and go whether we play,’ said assistant-manager Mick Catlin.
‘We are going to include a number of squad players but are restricted by the competition rules.
‘These state that we have to include seven players who have appeared in our last two league games.’
Borough would like to rest some key players ahead of their crucial Southern League premier division clash with fellow relegation battlers Hitchin Town at Privett Park on Saturday.
Catlin regards this as a must-win game in his side’s bid to climb away from the danger zone.
Borough’s home form has been poor – with Alex Pike’s team winning just once so far this season.
And it is a record they must improve, particularly against teams around them.
They have shown they can compete with the best away from home – winning at Chesham and forcing a draw last weekend at fourth-placed Stourbridge.
Borough even beat Blue Square Bet South side Bath City in the FA Cup but for some reason have not been able to repeat that form in the league.
Elsewhere, Fareham Town have striker Graham Lindsey back from illness as they visit Fawley in the Wessex League premier division (7.45pm).
The Reds have missed Lindsey’s cutting edge in recent weeks and have suffered a slump in results.
Manager Matt Parr believes his team are playing well but a lack of goals has limited their progress.
Parr knows his team may have to change their style to suit the conditions.
‘If it is on, the pitch is bound to be heavy and it could be down to who adapts the best,’ said Parr.
‘With Graham back in the team it means we can get the ball into the box a bit quicker.’
– KEVIN RICKETTS