Albion Park-Oak Flats' season goes on the line in Sunday's duel with titleholders Gerringong at Michael Cronin Oval.
The rebuilding Eagles have one win after seven games and are one of three teams sharing last spot.
Coach Shane Sainsbury said his team had played well in spurts but lacked experience.
"There's some quality guys in that side and they just need to switch on and realise first grade footy is more than 10 minutes at a time," he said.
Albion Park-Oak Flats has been Group Seven's most successful club in the past 16 years, capturing eight premierships.
But since beating Gerringong in the 2012 grand final, the Eagles have lost several players.
"We've debuted about 13 guys in first grade this year," Sainsbury said.
"The first couple of games against Shellharbour and Warilla, we played really well, but we're not playing to our potential. Even though it's a rebuilding year, I still hate losing."
The Eagles might be running into Gerringong at the worst possible time.
The Lions were terrible in last week's 32-6 loss to Warilla and will be keen to make amends.
"Gerringong is a side that knows how to grind out a win, not necessarily with flashy football but high percentage stuff," Sainsbury said.
"We know what we need to do to overcome that, but it's just whether the guys can put that into practice. We've had a good talk and I'm sure they'll switch on, because it's all on the line now."
Milton-Ulladulla can virtually kiss goodbye their finals hopes if they lose at home to Shellharbour and Port Kembla are in the same boat in their home clash with third-placed Kiama.
Jamberoo hope to end Warilla's unbeaten start to the season on Saturday at Kevin Walsh Oval, while Berry take on surging Nowra-Bomaderry at Berry Showground.