Truro City hope Kieffer Moore is ready for Eastleigh
Truro City player-manager Lee Hodges is hoping Torbay-based target man Kieffer Moore musters fit for tonight's Blue Square Bet South trip to Hampshire side Eastleigh.
Moore missed Saturday's goalless draw at Boreham Wood after suffering an ankle injury last Friday.
Hodges anticipates another tough test, especially as mid-table Eastleigh lost 2-0 at third-placed Dover Athletic on Saturday.
The City boss said: "We know what it is like to lose to Dover, although a week later I am still convinced we were better than the result against them [a 3-0 defeat a week ago] shows.
"Eastleigh will want to bounce back like we did, and so we know we're going to be in for another tough test, especially if we are travelling with 12 [players] again."
Hodges was forced to make more than his one anticipated change last Saturday, due to Moore's unexpected absence.
Pacy winger Les Afful was deployed in a central role alongside forward Andy Watkins, with Danny Carne recalled on the flank.
As anticipated, skipper Jake Ash shrugged off a foot injury to return alongside Hodges in the centre of the back four.
Hodges said: "Danny did really well and enough to earn another start at Eastleigh. There were some really impressive performances out there and that's what you need when you are up against it.
"We only travelled with 12 and yet everyone who was out there pulled their weight.
"It's always massive getting someone like Jake back. You are always going to miss your key players – and your captain – so it was great that he turned it around so quickly and played after missing the Dover game. He obviously makes a big difference to us."
Ash was injured during the 2-0 home win over Tonbridge Angels, with Hodges adding: "The great thing about the game at Boreham Wood was that it was our second clean-sheet in three games. For me, as manager, and as a defender, that was huge. It tells me how well the lads are doing."
With last Saturday's match evenly balanced Hodges was reluctant to call upon 12th man Martin Watts, back in the reckoning following a long term injury absence.
However, the fit-again full-back will again travel with the Truro squad today and a return to first-team duty is not far off as right-back Bobby Hopkinson received his fifth caution during Saturday's match and is now set to miss out in the near future.
Eastleigh can include former Exeter City forward Craig McAllister as well as ex-Bristol City front man Lee Peacock in their squad.