Whitehawk travel to Gander Green Lane on Monday (March 28) for one of their toughest fixtures remaining against title-chasing Sutton United.
The U’s are just six points behind Ebbsfleet United after Saturday’s win at Truro City, and have three games in hand on the Fleet going into the game on Bank Holiday Monday.
And Sutton boss Paul Doswell has issued a call to arms for the game against Pablo Asensio’s ever-improving side.
United are on a rich vein of form boasting 18 National League South games without defeat, including three 2-0 wins in a row – at Gosport Borough, Wealdstone and then Truro on Saturday.
However, all is not well in the treatment room with Ryan Burge, Dan Fitchett and Simon Downer joining Jamie Collins and Craig McAllister on the sidelines.
Doswell has been full of praise for the players keeping the promotion push on track, but now he wants fans to get behind the side.
“I cannot praise my players enough for their professionalism,” he said.
“They have seen so many key players lost to injury, and yet they keep putting in excellent performances, but we have a tough weekend ahead, and we need to have a great crowd at Gander Green Lane on Monday to cheer the boys on.
“This is may call to arms – the fans have been fantastic all season, but the boys need their support more than ever, and they fully deserve it.”
While Collins is nearing a return to first team action, the skipper’s role has been filled by Dean Beckwith. When Beckwith steps down, he will do so with Doswell’s fulsome praise ringing in his ears.
“Dean has really stepped up to the mark, he has been a great leader on the pitch,” Doswell said. “He is someone who does not get the credit he deserves, and to step into Jamie’s shoes so seamlessly has been a real bonus.”
The Hawks, meanwhile, could move up to tenth with three points, but will only be the third side to have beaten United at home this season.
Although they missed an early penalty, goals from Danny Mills, Alex Osborn and Jake Robinson saw Asensio’s men win 3-0 against an out-of-sorts Gosport on Saturday.
A crowd of 375 witnessed the Hawks’ third win in the last five, with Mills taking his league tally to 18 for the season.
A play-off place is not yet out of the question for the Enclosed Ground side, but if they don’t take anything from their trip to Greater London then it could be a struggle.