Ramsey blow for Royals

Steve Ramsey
Steve Ramsey
AFC Portchester boss Ian Saunders. Picture: Neil Marshall (170298-18)

Royals told to flex promotion muscle

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AFC Portchester have lost the services of Steve Ramsey for the rest of the season after the experienced midfielder cracked his collarbone at the weekend.

He will be a big loss for the Royals as they go head to head with league leaders Salisbury FC at the Raymond McEnhill Stadium tonight (7.45pm).

Royals manager Graham Rix is relishing the first meeting between the two clubs.

‘Salisbury FC are running away with the league and we will need to be firing on all cylinders,’ said Rix.

‘Losing Steve Ramsey for the rest of the season is a big blow.

‘This is a big game for us and I am sure the players will want to give a good account of themselves in front of a larger than usual crowd.

‘Beating Verwood at the weekend has given us a confidence boost.’

Fareham Town continue their punishing schedule against Lymington Town at Cams Alders (7.45pm).

Manager Steve Stone once again won’t know who is available until the last minute because of injury worries.

‘With the games coming thick and fast there is very little recovery time for the players,’ said Stone.

‘I think we need to pick up one more point to guarantee our premier division safety.’

The Reds are waiting on the fitness of defender Steve Maunder and forward Simon Woods.

Moneyfields boss Dave Carter is expecting a tough game against Sholing Sports at Dover Road (7.45pm).

‘Sholing have recently brought in strikers Lee Wort and Grant Glasspool who are a handful,’ said Carter.

‘They are one of the strongest teams in our league.

‘Defensively, we have been sound and will need to stick with that.

‘Our 3-0 win at Newport IOW got us into the top 10 which is where we want to finish.

‘The ambition now has to be staying there.

‘I am looking for us to build on our dominant performance at the weekend.’

Carter is boosted by the return of Nathan Paxton, Lewis Fennemore and Lewis Stockford to his squad for the game against Sholing.

Louis Martin, Gavin Spurway, Dan Gauntlett and Alex Miroy, however, are ruled out by injury and will play no part.