Eastbourne United AFC must beat Loxwood at The Oval tomorrow in order to ease the pressure from fellow promotion challengers Little Common.
United are third in the SCFL Division Two table and the Bexhill club are just one point adrift with a crucial game in hand.
Despite having to rely on other results, Paul Daubeney’s (pictured) squad have two home games left to clinch promotion.
Loxwood and Rustington are United’s final opponents of a promising season which included eliminating Ryman Premier side Lewes in the SCFA Senior Cup.
Little Common have won their last three encounters and have three home games remaining. They face struggling sides, Wick and Southwick, as well as top-of-the-table Littlehampton Town. United’s manager admits Little Common are favourites to gain a spot in Division One.
“It’s better to have the points, but they have the better goal difference. They are probably in the driving seat, but we have to make it our end,” Daubeney said.
Fortunately, United will not be up against Damon Aston, who netted all four of Loxwood’s goals in United’s 4-2 defeat in September.
Aston left the eighth-placed club in December, however Daubeney has listed a former Crystal Palace forward as a huge threat.
“They have got a more experienced striker in Tom Lyons, he’s one to watch out for. It’s not going to be an easy ride, but we are at home,” he said.
In Liam Baitup they have their own striker in prolific form. Baitup struck twice in last Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Midhurst & Easebourne and has scored nine goals in his last five games. Danny Simmons is suspended following his first-half dismissal, but Rory Newby and Calum Sherriff return to bolster United’s defence after missing the match. United have a fully-fit squad to choose from provided there are no injuries in tonight’s training session.
Daubeney’s men play second-bottom Rustington in their final game of 2012-13 next Saturday (3pm).
A victory against Loxwood will create an exciting finish to an already successful campaign for United who could win the promotion battle on May 4.