Robbie Tambling produced a four-star performance to fire Wessex League premier division leaders Petersfield Town to a 5-1 win over Fawley at Love Lane.
Tambling opened his account just before half-time and went on to notch a second-half hat-trick.
Warren Hunt snatched the home side’s other goal as they maintained their four-point lead at the top.
Rams now face a vitally important date with the ground-graders in midweek to see if they can qualify for promotion.
‘It is a nail-biting time when we will find out if the thousands of hours put in off the pitch has been successful,’ said Rams manager Ian Saunders.
‘A lot of work has been done in the past three months by volunteers to try and get the ground up to the required standard.
‘New floodlights at the cost of £20,000 have been erected, we have resurfaced all the pitch surrounds and put in new terraces and seats.
‘All have been massive jobs and we are just hoping that it will be enough.’
At the other end of the table, Fareham Town’s survival chances were dented by a 6-1 defeat by Winchester City at Cams Alders.
Reds manager Matt Parr was again left bemoaning his luck with a harsh sending off proving the turning point.
‘Up until a minute before the break we were leading and doing well,’ said Parr.
‘Then we had a player sent off and Winchester equalised from the penalty spot.
‘When you are down at the bottom everything that can go wrong seems to go wrong.
‘The final scoreline doesn’t reflect the way we battled to the end.
‘Nothing has changed and we are still in there with a fighting chance.
‘We have six games left and have to make sure we pick up more points than our other two rivals.
‘There is a great unity in the squad and a firm belief that we will do it.’
AFC Portchester narrowed the gap on the top three to two points with a 2-1 home win over Lymington Town.
Nikolai Littleton and Gary Moody netted for the Royals.
Gavin Spurway’s goal wasn’t enough as Horndean slipped to a 2-1 home defeat against Blackfield & Langley.