PHIL Babb says the pressure is all on Eastleigh as Hayes & Yeading prepare to make the journey down the M3 on Saturday.
The United boss has watched his improving side notch up three straight wins in the Skrill South but face a step up in class when they visit the Silverlake Stadium.
Eastleigh have only lost once in their first eight games of the new campaign and sit a point clear of nearest rivals Bromley at the top of the division.
That superb early-season form has raised expectations and Babb insists his side can take to the field on Saturday without the weight of the world on their shoulders like their opponents.
“The pressure is on them,” he said. “They pay big money and pay big wages so they have to deliver and at the moment they are.
“They’re a powerful side but they like to push forward and that leaves gaps. We’ve got quite a bit of pace in our side so that might play into our hands.”
Babb has been encouraged by Hayes & Yeading’s recent showings, particularly at the back, and was gutted his defence were denied another clean sheet at the weekend.
A late penalty for Havant & Waterlooville wasn’t enough to deny United a 2-1 win, however Babb felt a third consecutive shutout was deserved after another sterling performance.
“We defended resolutely so I’m gutted for the lads that we didn’t manage to get that clean sheet,” he added.
“We almost held out and only let one in because when they were 2-0 down they had nothing left to lose and threw everything, including the kitchen sink, at us.
“Both penalty decisions were fortuitous. I think their one at the end was a bit of a sympathy vote. At least we’ve kept three clean sheets from open play now.”