Horndean and Hayling are looking to kick-start the second half of their season in tonight’s Wessex League premier division derby at Five Heads Park (7.45pm).
Both teams have hardly played over the past two months and face a daunting fixture backlog in the final months of the campaign.
Though they have plenty of games in hand, Hayling and Horndean go into the game nervously looking over their shoulders at the bottom four.
‘We have to get playing again soon or it is going to become ridiculous,’ said Horndean manager Dave Carter.
‘The more games that get called off, the harder it is going to become for us.
‘Already we face playing 26 games in a 12-week period.
‘Hayling are in the same boat and, although it isn’t ideal coming straight back into a derby after the break, we both need to play.
‘It means neither side will have the luxury of easing their way back into things.
‘It is likely to be fairly intense because we are both scrapping for the points.’
Carter is boosted by the return of powerful frontman Chamal Fenelon following his trip to Australia.
Meanwhile, Hayling are waiting on the fitness of goalkeeper Luke Hutchings.
Gary Luff’s ankle injury still keeps him out.
‘This isn’t an easy game,’ said Humbugs assistant manager Mark Tigwell.
‘But Horndean are in and around us so it is a game we are certainly looking to get something from.’
Fareham Town are keen to keep their momentum going as they entertain Totton & Eling at Cams Alders (7.45pm).
The Reds returned to action with a terrific 2-1 win at second-placed Christchurch on Saturday.
And assistant manager Shaun Coles wants the opportunity to build on that.
‘The weather forecast isn’t great,’ he said.
‘It would be a shame not to play after our great performance at the weekend.
‘We played some of our best football for a long time and fully deserved the win.’
Coles is forced to make one change, with goalkeeper Adam Redman drafted in for the suspended Luke Douglas.