The Hoops take on a Glebe team at the Charles Ground on Saturday (3pm) who are likely to prove more difficult opponents than their current league position suggests.
The Chislehurst-based club are in 15th place in the table but Gary Alexander’s side have only played 19 league games, the lowest number of any team, and are only four points behind Deal with four matches in hand.
Hoops assistant manager Steve King said: “Like ourselves Glebe had an excellent run in the FA Vase and it is probably safe to say that both of our league campaigns have suffered as a result.
“Glebe have a number of experienced players and always pose a tough test. We had one of our best results of the season when we won 2-0 at their ground in August and we know that we will need to be at our best again to complete a league double.”
Ben Chapman, who scored both of the Hoops’ goals in their victory at Glebe, will be missing on Saturday after picking up a hamstring injury in Tuesday’s 2-0 home defeat by Beckenham. “Kingy” added: “Ben’s injury is currently being assessed and we hope that he will not be out for too long. Joe Reeves also picked up a muscular injury on Tuesday but we are pleased that Ben Cardwell and Macca Murray are both now fit again after their extended injury absences.
“We are always looking to strengthen the squad but it is tough to bring players in at this stage of the season. We are already thinking about next season and are aware of the areas where we need to strengthen. We have a very good core group of loyal players who give their all for the club and with another year’s experience, and the right players added, I believe that we will continue to improve.
“We know that we can compete with the best in the league but we must continue to show that on a regular basis and look to win as many games as we can between now and the end of the season.”