Paul Collicutt is urging Evesham United to anticipate the game-changing power Paulton Rovers possess on Saturday (3pm) according to the Worcester News.
The in-form Robins have picked up 10 points from a possible 12 to get back on track their promotion push in Southern League West.
United have lost just two of 12 away matches in the league this season but one of those was at Winterfield Road in August, prompting a word of caution from the Evesham manager.
“Paulton beat us at their place earlier in the season and deservedly so,” said Collicutt.
“It knocked the stuffing out of us and put them on the front foot very early on and these things can happen in football. We will certainly have to be on our game to beat Paulton.
“A lot of teams are finding they need to be at their best in every game with the exception of Taunton. They are running away with it but there is a big scramble for second place and the four play-off positions.
“You cannot take anything for granted and it is the same in any sport at any level, you have to make it happen.
“It is close and so many teams will believe they have a good chance. I can understand why, everyone seems to be beating each other so any side that goes on a run has a hell of a chance.”
Ashley Williams is set to miss “three or four weeks” with a broken toe, while Linden Dovey and Nick Rhodes are both carrying knocks ahead of Saturday.
“The biggest concern is trying to get some of the injured players back fit,” added Collicutt.
“We will know more once we have seen how they respond to treatment but they will all be doubtful. They didn’t train on Tuesday.
“That said, I asked a couple of lads to play out of position on Saturday and both had very good games. The spirit within the team was very good so hopefully we can show that again.”