Gosport Borough are determined not to be knocked out of their stride as they travel to second-placed Hemel Hempstead in the Southern premier division tomorrow (3pm).
Alex Pike’s impressive Privett Park side are on an 18-game unbeaten run in the league and remain intent on keeping it going.
The two sides fought out an entertaining 3-3 draw at Privett Park earlier in the season and assistant manager Mick Catlin is expecting another tight affair.
‘Our destiny will be shaped in the next few weeks, with games against top sides,’ said Catlin.
‘It will be the acid test and if we can come through these games with points then we will be in a good position.
‘We are aiming to break into the top five and then stay there.
‘Our first game against Hemel Hempstead could have gone either way and we know it will be tough again.
‘Our away form is good, though – we have picked up good results against top sides.
‘We are set up to be hard to beat and have the pace and quality to snatch goals on the break.’
Catlin picked out the form of goalkeeper Nathan Ashmore as playing a crucial part in their push for the play-offs.
Ashmore has been in the form of his life, making key saves in tight games to give his team the edge.
‘I don’t think there is a better goalkeeper in our league,’ said Catlin.
‘He is massive for our team and breeds confidence in the defenders in front of him.
‘It doesn’t happen by accident because he works hard in training, putting in a lot of effort.’
Ashmore may need to be in fine form again tomorrow.
Up front, Rory Williams has scored five goals in five games since arriving from GE Hamble.
The only doubt this weekend is midfielder Jamie Brown, who is suffering with a hamstring problem.
Borough’s hopes of bringing Hawks defender Sam Pearce back to Privett Park for a loan spell have stalled after the two clubs failed to agree terms.
GOSPORT: Ashmore, Poate, Cooke, Molyneaux, King, Woodward, Igoe, Smith, Durnford, Williams, Wooden, Martin, Macklin, Wilson, Ford