Fareham Town manager Matt Parr regards the visit of fellow Wessex League premier division strugglers Christchurch to Cams Alders tomorrow as a must-win game (3pm).
The Reds are second from bottom and nine points adrift of the visitors, but have three games in hand.
‘This is a big game for us and we have to make our extra games count,’ said Parr.
‘It won’t be easy because Christchurch have hauled themselves away from the bottom with three or four wins.
‘We must be looking to do the same.
‘Although we lost 5-0 at Portchester, there were positives that could be taken from the game.
‘Apart from two brief spells in each half, we were very competitive.’
Parr is boosted by the return of captain Ian Humble to the centre of midfield, after family commitments meant he missed the last game.
Ollie Searle is expected to continue at the back after his solid debut and fellow Hawks loanee Jake Gale could make his first start.
League-leaders Moneyfields face a tough start to the year with a trip to face third-placed Blackfield & Langley on the Waterside (3pm).
The Copnor club are still missing five midfield players through injury but welcome Jake Morgan back after a nine-game ban.
‘We are still down to the barebones and will have to dig deep for what is a tough test,’ said manager Miles Rutherford.
‘The next month will be telling for us as we face some difficult games.’
Dan Gauntlett is added to the Moneys injury list after picking up a groin strain in the 2-0 win at Newport IW.
If the leaders slip up, Petersfield Town can take over at the top by beating Fawley at Love Lane (3pm).
‘Fawley are a much-improved team and it will be a challenge on our heavy pitch,’ said Town manager Ian Saunders.
The Rams are boosted by the return of midfielders Ash Howes, from suspension, and Matt Benham from injury.
AFC Portchester are waiting to see if new striker Alex Baldacchino is fit to make his debut at Bemerton Heath Harlequins (3pm).
Baldacchino, who has arrived from Southern League Sholing Sports, has been suffering with a virus for the past fortnight.
Horndean bring defender Josh Maddison straight into their squad for the visit to Brockenhurst.
Maddison has arrived from AFC Portchester but manager Dave Carter has been hit with the loss of Ashley Harris with a knee injury.