Hayling up for the scrap

Gosport Borough won 1-0 in their match against Dunstable this afternoon. Picture: Keith Woodland

Gosport Borough get first victory of season

Hayling United are prepared to tough it out in their premier division relegation battle as they host Laverstock & Ford at the College Ground (3pm).

The Humbugs pulled off a shock 3-2 win at third-placed Brading in the week and manager Lee Paul is hoping it will be a springboard for further progress.

'It was a fantastic result coming on the back of some fearful hammerings,' said Paul.

'We had been torn to bits in some of our recent games, so it just shows the character of the lads and what they are capable of.

'Changing the way we played also helped.

'We had been trying to play nice football and realised we had to

sacrifice some of that to tough it out a bit more.

'Our injury problems have not gone away and we still need to pick up as many points as we can, where we can, until the new year.

'The next month will be key because I am hoping to have some of my long-term injured players back after that.'

Paul has also been boosted by the performances of a couple of newcomers.

Sixteen-year-old Aiden Smallbones did an excellent job at full-back in midweek and marathon man Mike Luff has linked well in the midfield.

'This game is key to us and one where we need to get a result,' said Paul.

'We are coming off the back of a great win, so there is no reason why we can't keep it going.'

Goalkeeper Chris Clark is suspended and Paul is still considering replacements.

Moneyfields visit Alresford Town seeking to get last week's FA Vase exit to Guildford out of their system.

'It was a shame to go out of the Vase, particularly as it was a game we should have won,' said manager Miles Rutherford.

'Now we have to re-focus on the league and start climbing the table.

'Our problem is the inability to defend set-pieces and we have to address this.

'All four of Guildford's goals came from set-piece situations.

'We need to get a grip on that area.'

The Dover Road club are without leading goalscorer Warren Hunt, who starts a two-match ban, but have Russell Rackley back from suspension.

Bikram Singh, Dan Gauntlett, Jake Slater and Pabs N'Doye are all in the frame to replace Hunt.

In-form Fareham Town are aiming to topple league leaders Winchester City at the City Ground.

The Reds are hoping to complete a league double, having won 1-0 earlier in the season at Cams Alders.

'We are playing well at the moment but this is a tough game,' said Fareham boss Matt Parr.

'I am expecting it to be a tight affair again.'

Parr, who watched his side crush Fawley last weekend, has a full-strength squad to choose from.