Harrow Borough hope to secure a third straight league win against an erratic AFC Hornchurch side at Earlsmead on Saturday.
The Urchins are in 11th place after successive defeats, the last being Tuesday's 3-2 home reversal to Heybridge Swifts, a far cry from last season's fourth place finish.
And with Borough buyoant after back to back wins over Boreham Wood and Staines, it has the makings of a fascinating encounter.
"By their standards of last season Hornchurch have probably under-achieved this season," said Borough manager David Howell.
"They have had some good results and then go and suffer some bizarre defeats. They are a big side and will set up as 4-4-2. Their form has been a bit patchy but if they string a few wins together they will soon be back in the play-off picture.
"Some people have already written us off as relegation candidates and it is up to us to prove them wrong."
Harrow are then set to travel to Maid-stone United next Tuesday but that could be postponed if Ryman League bosses demand Howell's men play their League Cup quarter final against either Dartford or Horsham.
In the meantime, Howell is trying to add to his squad with a goalkeeper among the top priorities. Laurie Walker was forced to cut his month loan from Millwall short after sustaining an ankle injury in only his second match against Harlow. He is expected to be out for up to six weeks.
"I tried to get a keeper in from Chelsea the other day, but it didn't happen," added Howell.
"I am still on the look out for a young goalkeeper that will benefit from a bit of experience."
One of Howell's latest signings, Dean Fenton, has a lot to live up to after the manager likened him to former Harrow hero Albert Adomah. The right-sided midfielder has been unable to get a look in at Staines Town and jumped at the chance to join Borough on a month's loan.
"He is a very exciting, attacking player,"commented Howell.
"We've not had anyone in that mould since Albert left. He's got a lot of pace and skill."
Adomah left Harrow for Barnet last season and is rumoured to be catching the eye of several Championship clubs including Sheffield United.
UP NEXT: AFC Hornchurch
**Where? Earlsmead, Saturday, 3pm
* Manager: Colin McBride
* League record to date: P26 W11 D4 L11 * Last five (most recent first): L, L, W, L, W
* Last five away: L, L, D, W, D **Top scorer: Dean Green (5) * Current league position: 11th
* Last season: 4th
* 2007/08 season: Harrow lost 3-1(A) and 2-0 (H)