PORT Elizabeth soccer outfit Bay Stars plan to maintain their unbeaten record when they clash with Mthatha Bucks in the Safa Eastern Cape Second Division at the Gelvandale Stadium tomorrow, starting at 7pm.
The home side are fourth on the log, with 27 points from 11 games, and trail second-placed Bucks, who have played 14 games, by five points.
Stars go into this encounter boosted by their 1-0 victory over Angavu Stars last week, while Bucks' clash against archrivals Mthatha Liverpool did not take place.
Stars team manager Nicholas Myataza said the game would be tough but the players were ready for the challenge.
"Most of the teams have got some new players since it's the start of the league's second round, but we'll just have to take one game at a time because we don't want to underestimate our opponents."
Myataza said the team had fulfilled their season's first objective by reaching the league's second round unbeaten and the top priority was to qualify for the playoff at the end of the season.
Meanwhile, Highbury will welcome Thembani Killers in their clash at the NMMU Second Avenue campus on Sunday (3pm).
The struggling Port Elizabeth side are second from the bottom of the log and are hoping to turn their season around in their home games.
Their situation improved somewhat when they played to a 2-2 draw against logleaders Tembu Royals in Port Elizabeth last weekend.
Highbury coach Garth Dickinson said: "The players know exactly what is at stake in this round.
"We are starting to display a better performance and we will go all out against Killers in search of maximum points."