Shaun Coles is demanding a hard-working performance from Fareham against Fawley at Cams Alders tomorrow (3pm).
The Reds’ assistant boss, who is standing in for Matt Parr while the manager is away, is determined to close the gap on the Wessex League premier division top six.
However, he expects a tricky test against the mid-table visitors.
‘We had a tough game at their place earlier this season,’ said Coles.
‘Fawley work hard for each other and we have to be prepared to put a good shift in if we want to beat them.
‘It is a shame the weather has been so unkind because we were looking to carry on the momentum from our cup win at Moneyfields.
‘The weather disruption has made it very bitty and difficult to maintain a rhythm.’
Matt Jones is back in the Reds squad after returning from holiday.
Elsewhere, Miles Rutherford believes his Moneyfields side are left with just pride to play for as they travel to Bournemouth Poppies.
The Dover Road boss had high hopes his team would challenge for the title this term.
But another defeat – 1-0 at Blackfield & Langley’ in midweek – dashed any feint hopes he had left.
‘All we can do now is play for a bit of pride and see how far that takes us,’ said Rutherford.
‘It has been disheartening because other sides have seemed more up for it than us.
‘I am not sure whether that’s been down to a lack of fitness or desire on our part but certainly the quality we have in the squad hasn’t come through.’
Hayling travel to much-improved Alresford Town hoping to cause an upset.
The Humbugs know it won’t be easy after playing just four games since mid-November.
‘Hopefully we won’t be too rusty,’ said assistant manager Mark Tigwell.
‘We have shown by beating sides like Christchurch that when we turn up we are very competitive.’
AFC Portchester boss Glenn Bridgman welcomes struggling Lymington Town at Wicor Mill, while Horndean are without a game.