Moneyfields’ leadership credentials will be tested to the full as they visit free-scoring Alresford Town in the Wessex premier division tonight (7.45pm).
The Copnor club moved back to the top of the table after beating Bournemouth Poppies 4-1 at the weekend.
But their hosts have also hit 12 goals in their opening four league games and will be tough to beat.
‘Alresford are going well and we will be in a better position to judge where we are after this,’ said Moneyfields manager Miles Rutherford.
‘Against Bournemouth, we played with a lot more pace and got the ball forward a lot quicker.’
Moneyfields are without Warren Hunt, who starts a three-match suspension, but Bobby Scott – a recent signing from Blackfield – is expected to continue after making an impressive debut, scoring twice in the weekend win.
Jason Parrish is also added to the squad.
Hayling United manager Steve Poulton is forced to field a depleted side for the long midweek trip to Hamworthy United (7.45pm).
‘We are the walking wounded at the moment,’ said Poulton.
‘Ryan Gadd and Gary Luff have been added to our already-extensive injury list and that leaves us with little flexibility.
‘Having to go all the way to Hamworthy in midweek doesn’t help because it is probably our longest trip.
‘It makes it all a rush for players to get there with their work commitments and traffic at that time of the day.’
FA Vase heroes Horndean and Alton Town meet at Anstey Road in a quest for vital league points (7.45pm).
Alton are yet to win in the league but Horndean will be wary after the Brewers slammed Fareham Town 6-3 in the Vase at the weekend.
Horndean progressed in the same competition with a 4-3 win over Melksham Town.
‘We need to plug the gaps in our defence,’ said Horndean manager Dave Carter.
Carter is boosted by the return of striker Torr Spicer from holiday and Chamal Fenelon who was rested at the weekend.
United Services Portsmouth travel to Tadley Calleva in the Wessex League first division (7.45pm).