IN-FORM Bay Stars strongly believe they have what it takes to defeat Tembu Royals when they meet in the chase for the Safa Eastern Cape Second Division league title at the Gelvandale Stadium at 7pm today.
Stars, who are third on the log, need maximum points to close the gap between themselves and Royals.
The Port Elizabeth outfit and the second-placed Royals are separated by four points.
Stars shot to third spot last Saturday after a hard-fought 1-0 victory over FC Buffalo in East London.
Stars coach Mark Harrison said the side were more focused on their league matches than the Nedbank Cup game.
"We have to raise to the bar because our plan is to continue with our campaign of grabbing maximum points in all our matches."
The team's mandate was to win the title, Harrison said. Victory against Royals would keep the side close to the two top teams on the log, he said.
Meanwhile, Highbury face A1 Stars in a Safa Provincial Second Division league match at the NMMU Second Avenue campus on Sunday at 3pm.
The home side have been consistent in the second stage of the league after having won their two previous matches. Highbury are in 13th position on the log with 13 points from 16 games.
They know they are in desperate need of maximum points to leap out of the danger area.
Coach Garth Dickinson said the players were in confident mood and the results of recent matches had brought some relief.
"We are not going to put pressure on the players after their excellent performance because there's still a lot of work ahead.
"As a team, we believe consistency is needed to realise our dream of finishing the season in the top eight bracket."
Dickinson said Highbury were gearing up for a tough match against A1 Stars, but NMMU was a happy hunting ground for them.