The reality couldn’t be further from the truth as the sides come into the game in excellent form, both on the back of three consecutive wins.
The visitors hammered Sheraton away from home in the cup before consecutive league victories at Bognor Regis Town and at home to high flying Chelmsford.
The Beavers are in a purple patch of their own and now find themselves ten matches unbeaten in the league - a record stretching back to August. Suddenly the label of serial draw-ists in the opening months of the season isn’t being looked at quite so unfavourably.
An impressive away performance in blustery conditions down in Brighton saw a 3-1 away win over Whitehawk which was then followed by two incredibly professional home performances - a 1-0 triumph over St. Albans and last week’s slightly flattering 3-1 victory over Bath City.
It was once said that you can make numbers tell you whatever story you like, but it would be hard to argue that both teams are bang in form, and this should make for a cracking game on Saturday.
The Beavers’ attacking unit seems to have developed a real fluidity since the home loss to Truro City that ended this season’s FA Cup campaign. It would be interesting to see how the side would have fared against the Cornish outfit with Hudson-Odoi, Napa and company in such fine form.
Fortunately, Dowson and his players seem to be far less interested in ‘what-ifs’ than me, and are instead using the disappointment to kick on and climb up the table.
The Beavers currently lie in 11th place before this weekend's round of games, a paltry three points off Welling United and the allure of the playoff places.
Leon Solomon has rejoined first team training and his return is drawing nearer. This weekend’s match will probably be too soon for him though.
There remains a lingering injury doubt over Brendan Kiernan who has yet to shake off the injury he sustained down in Brighton. He was so impressive in that game so it would be great to see him back this weekend.
Other than that the Beavers boast a full squad in fine form. Bring on Saturday.
Updated 09:54 - 3 Nov 2017 by Rob Overfield
Come on you Beavers!