The Promotion/Relegation Play-Offs are set to resume on Saturday following the international break with all three clubs still vying for a place in the Absa Premiership.
Two matches have been played thus far with wins for Highlands Park and Mbombela United putting them in pole position.
Highlands, who ended second in the 2015/16 National First Division season, currently top the standings with their only match ending in a resounding 3-0 away win against United at the Kanyamazane Stadium.
Mbombela, third-placed finishers in the regular NFD season, did manage to bounce back from that setback with a 1-0 win over University of Pretoria at Tuks Stadium.
The action now shifts to the third venue that will stage games during the play-offs, the Makhulong Stadium and home of Highlands ahead of their clash with the side that ended second bottom in the Premiership.
It is a must-win match for the students if they want to keep in touch with the other two teams in the mini league.
And coach Shaun Bartlett acknowledges the stakes will be high for his charges.
“We have to put what happened in the last game behind us and we have to learn from our mistakes,” he said. “We must put out a better performance against Highlands Park in order to stay in the race. We know we have to go and beat them.’’
The former Bafana Bafana striker also admitted that they may have underestimated their previous opponents, something they cannot afford to do this time around.
“The problem against Mbombela was the players were complacent and maybe took it a little bit too easy, and thought we were going to win so it was wake-up call for us,” he stated.
“The important thing is to make sure we still have self-belief… We have to keep fighting as a team and games will be won by certain individuals.”
“But as a team we need to make sure we turn up and have the will to win the game.”
Both sides have important players missing with Sandile Khwela banned for the hosts, while the visitors will be minus the suspended Thabo Nemukondeni.