Struggling Holbeach United are gearing up for two basement battles that could shape their UCL Premier Division season.
The Tigers, who have lost eight games on the bounce, visit second-from-bottom Newport Pagnell Town on Saturday (3pm) before hosting Sleaford Town on Wednesday night (7.45pm).
Two negative results could see Glen Maddison’s men drop into the bottom three – but a couple of wins would see them shoot into the safety of mid-table.
Maddison said: “It’s a big few days for us. I’m expecting better from the lads.
“I’m not quite sure that Pagnell are as bad as their position suggests. It has always been a tough match and they still have a lot of last year’s team.
“Both games are matches we can target as wins, but they’ll be thinking that too.
“What we can’t afford is a repeat of our show at Sleaford last time. We need to stop this run any way we can.”
Title-winning defender Jack Smith could return to the defence after talks with Maddison, but attacker Curt Yeatman is missing for a few weeks. Nick Bishop and skipper Matt Warfield are rated doubtful for the trip.