Bragging rights up for grabs in derby

New Fareham boss Steve Stone Picture: Paul Jacobs
New Fareham boss Steve Stone Picture: Paul Jacobs
Wes Fogden is brought down against Hemel Hempstead. Picture: Keith Woodland

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Local bragging rights are up for grabs as Fareham Town welcome Horndean to Cams Alders in the Wessex League premier division tonight (7.45pm).

Both teams are in excellent form and head into the contest with confidence running high.

Steve Stone’s Fareham knocked holders AFC Portchester out of the Wessex League Cup after a 3-2 win at Wicor Rec on Saturday.

At the same time, Horndean shrugged off the loss of manager Dave Carter to Moneyfields with a powerful 4-1 home win over high-flying Andover Town.

New Reds manager Stone was encouraged by the pace and power displayed by his team in the opening 45 minutes against the Royals.

In the second half it was their well-organised defence that impressed him most.

However, Stone admitted his side have injury problems ahead of the derby.

‘We have picked up a fair few knocks and I am struggling a bit for senior players,’ he said.

‘In some ways we are down to the barebones.

‘We have been playing well and want to pick up more league points.’

The home side have injury doubts over Luke Heard and Ash Tattersall.

Meanwhile, caretaker boss Gav Spurway was delighted to make a winning start with Horndean.

‘To produce a result like we did against Andover was terrific,’ said Spurway.

‘Until a new manager is brought in we will just go out and play our football.

‘We made Andover look very average, and if we played like that every week few teams will beat us.’

Spurway is boosted by the return of Dan Ayres and Lewis Stockyard to his squad.

Dave Carter will get another chance to look at his new Moneyfields squad when they host Andover New Street in the Russell-Cotes Cup.

Carter began his reign at Dover Road with a penalty shootout League Cup win against Bournemouth Poppies.

He said: ‘The cup games are giving me the chance to settle in and look at the players.

‘It gives me the opportunity to get my feet under the table before the league games start up again.’

Carter expects to give goalkeeper Joe Hunt a start.

AFC Portchester will look to bounce back after their disappointing weekend defeat by Fareham when they take on Whitchurch United at Wicor Rec.

United Services Portsmouth are eyeing another cup shock as they prepare to head to premier division Lymington Town.

The Sailors knocked top-flight Hamworthy United out of the League Cup 2-0 at the weekend.

‘Lymington will be a tougher nut to crack but we are getting back to our best,’ said boss Bob Brady.

Hampshire League premier division Baffins Milton Rovers are also hoping to bridge the gap with their visit to Romsey Town.

Baffins manager Louis Bell insisted his team are capable of producing an upset.

‘We have every intention of going there and being competitive,’ said Bell.