IT'S an important midweek of local non-league football and there is no bigger game than Mossley's UniBond League premier division basement battle against Radcliffe Borough.
Tonight's clash of the second and third bottom teams at Seel Park could have a massive bearing on their survival hopes.
Third-last Mossley are currently eight points adrift of fifth bottom and safety and, with only nine matches left, they cannot contemplate a 13th home league defeat.
Radcliffe's plight is even more serious as they, like Mossley, also have 26 points but have only seven games remaining.
Mossley manager Jason Beckford called off Saturday's friendly against Trafford due to injuries and illness.
And the Lilywhites' prospects of victory won't be helped by the absence of four injured players including former Athletic star David Eyres, who is ruled out with damaged medial knee ligaments.
Beckford is hoping defenders Stephen Sheil (groin) and Jonathon Smith (tonsillitis) are declared fit.
Beckford has signed former Radcliffe Borough, Prestwich Heys, Rossendale United and Ramsbottom United striker Carl Lomax and midfielder James Brackenridge previously with Sheffield Wednesday to bolster his depleted squad.