Moneys strengthen as they look to reclaim top spot

Callum Laycock is set to join Moneyfields from Fareham Town    Picture: Neil Marshall

Callum Laycock is set to join Moneyfields from Fareham Town Picture: Neil Marshall

Callum Laycock.  Picture: Neil Marshall

Reds and Moneys keen to get back to winning ways

Former Gosport midfielder Dan Woodward has impressed at Moneyfields    Picture: Ian Hargreaves

Moneys welcome back driving force

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Moneyfields expect to give a debut to new striker Dan Fry in their Wessex League premier division top-of-the-table clash at Portland United tomorrow (3pm).

The powerful forward is expected to sign from top-flight rivals Fawley as Moneyfields manager Dave Carter looks to strengthen his squad.

He is also hoping to add James Guthrie (Verwood Town) and Callum Laycock, (Fareham Town) to his squad.

‘With all the injuries and suspensions, it is vital that we add to our squad,’ said Carter.

‘Dan (Fry) is a big strong centre-forward who has scored a number of goals at Fawley.

‘He is good in the air and holds the ball up well.

‘It is important that we bounce back to winning ways after the disappointing defeat against Bemerton Heath last weekend.

‘We lost that game 3-1 because of some schoolboy defending and must cut out the errors.

‘With Blackfield losing in the week we know we have a chance of going back to the top.

‘The players are going to have to want it, though, after a long journey to Dorset.’

The visitors are without Gary Austin, Steve Hutchings and Dan Woodward, who are all suspended.

Guthrie has to wait for his debut because of a groin strain.

Horndean manager Michael Birmingham insists there will be no complacency as they host bottom-of-the-league Verwood Town at Five Heads Park.

He said: ‘It is vital that we approach the game in the right frame of mind.

‘We must not allow ourselves to be fooled by their league position.

‘Verwood have only been losing their games by the odd goal.

‘We are unbeaten in four games, though, and are in a confident mood.’

AFC Portchester continue their bid to close the gap on the leading sides with a trip to Lymington Town.

The Royals have games in hand on the teams above them but must look to make them count, starting this weekend.

Fareham Town, meanwhile, journey to lowly Hamworthy United looking to consolidate their mid-table spot.

In division one, Baffins Milton Rovers and United Services Portsmouth are both looking to return to winning ways.

Promotion-chasing Baffins visit Folland Sports and the Sailors travel to Romsey Town.

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