Bexhill United manager Marc Munday believes his team will need 20 points from its final eight games to clinch a promotion place.
The Pirates are currently second in Macron Store Sussex County Football League Division Two, but have played more matches than their pursuers in the race for a top three finish.
Munday said: “Twenty points is what we’re looking at, but we want to pick up those wins as soon as possible. We want to get the points on the board and leave it up to the other sides to try and catch us. Everyone’s going to have some tough games, and people are going to have good runs and bad runs.”
Only one game in the division beat the weather last weekend, with Bexhill’s scheduled trip to leaders Worthing United among those to succumb to a waterlogged pitch.
Bexhill remain three points better off than third-placed Wick & Barnham United and fourth-placed AFC Uckfield Town having played four more fixtures than the former and one more than the latter.
Seven of Bexhill’s remaining matches are away from home. They are due to visit sixth-placed Oakwood today (Saturday) before going to Wick next weekend.
“I rate Oakwood as a side,” Munday continued. “I always feel they’re one of the main contenders for that third spot along with us and they’re quite similar to us in terms of style.”
Bexhill are 12 points better off than Oakwood having played five more matches. The teams fought out a 1-1 draw in October’s reverse fixture. Although Munday starts a four-game ban, Bexhill otherwise expect to be around full strength.
Elsewhere in the same division today, Little Common will be hoping to play their first game of 2015 away to Midhurst & Easebourne and Westfield will be aiming for back-to-back wins as they travel to Rustington.
TODAY’S FOOTBALL FIXTURES
(Kick-off 3pm unless stated)
Macron Store Sussex County League, Division 2: Midhurst & Easebourne v Little Common 2; Oakwood v Bexhill Utd; Rustington v Westfield 2.
Reserve Section (East): Bexhill Utd v Hailsham Town; Little Common v Seaford Town.
Hastings & District FA Intermediate Cup, 2nd round (1.30): Westfield II v Robertsbridge Utd.
Sussex Bluefin Junior Cup, 4th round (1.30): AFC Hastings v Yapton II; Herstmonceux v Rogate; Newtown Villa II v Little Common III.
Macron East Sussex League (2), Premier Division: Ninfield Utd v Hollington Utd; Rock-a-Nore v Peche Hill Select; Sedlescombe Rangers v Ore Athletic; St Leonards Social v Iden.
Division 1: Bexhill AAC v Mountfield Utd; Hollington Utd II v Sidley Utd; Little Chelsea v Ticehurst; Wadhurst Utd v Icklesham Casuals.
Division 2: Northiam 75 v Crowhurst; Old Hastonians v Eastbourne Rangers; JC Tackleway v Catsfield; Wittersham v Pebsham Sibex.
Division 3: Bexhill-On-Sea v Herstmonceux II; Hooe Sports v Hastings Rangers; Peche Hill Select II v Ninfield Utd II; Sovereign Saints v Eastbourne Athletic.
Division 4: Burwash v Bexhill Utd III; Conquest Utd v St Leonards Social II; West Hill Utd v Bexhill AAC II; Westfield III v Bexhill Rovers.
Division 5: AFC St Leonards v Hailsham Athletico; Grasshoppers Old Boys v Magham Down; Mayfield v Wittersham II; Parkfield v JC Tackleway II; Ticehurst II v Battle Baptists II; Victoria Baptists v Sedlescombe Rangers II.
Division 6: FC Westridge v Orington; Icklesham Casuals II v Hampden Park Utd; Robertsbridge Utd II v Sedlescombe Rangers III; Sandhurst II v Battle Baptists III.
Tunbridge Wells Charity Senior Cup, 1st round (1.30): Pembury v Hawkhurst Utd.
Tunbridge Wells Charity Junior Cup quarter-final (1.30): Hawkhurst Utd II v Roselands II.