Fareham go into Sunday's England Hockey Cup quarter -final tie against Reading aiming to pull off the biggest shock result in the club's history.
But the odds are stacked against them as they travel to face the National Premier Division giants on their Sonning water-based surface (2.30) minus three influential players.
Skipper Alex Boxall, Australian Dave Andersson and marksman Martin Gough all miss the tie against the Berkshire club, who finished fifth in the Premier Division this term.
Reading are without a host of players involved in Commonwealth Games duty on Australia's Gold Coast, but Fareham coach Ben Barnes warns they will still be a formidable outfit.
"They will still have a host of Internationals and field a very strong squad," he pointed out.
"But anything can happen in 70 minutes. We need to play with confidence and be positive to get anything out of the game, but have every chance of being very competitive."
Barnes has every reason to look forward to what will be a nostaglic return to Reading, where he enjoyed considerable success in his playing days.
"When I was there we won three premierships, four HA cups, were twice league winners and once European Club champions. Happy days," he smiled.
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