IT’S back to basics for AFC Portchester this weekend.
Manager Glenn Bridgman is desperate to lift his side after three 5-2 derby defeats on the bounce in the Wessex League premier division.
Hayling United, Moneyfields and Fareham have all inflicted heavy losses on Bridgman’s side.
Another home defeat at the hands of fellow strugglers Fawley at Wicor Mill (3pm). will be unacceptable to the manager.
‘We are going to go back to basics and play the way I want us to play,’ said Bridgman.
‘I changed things to try and accomodate certain players.
‘But our last few results have proved it’s not working.
‘Striker Simon Woods is a good player but he has found himself isolated up front.
‘He needs someone up there with him to take the pressure off.
‘This is a big game for us and we need to turn it around.
‘I am going back to 4-4-2 where all the players know their jobs.’
Fareham Town expect to have ace goalscorer Graham Lindsey back for their game against Verwood Town at Cams Alders (3pm).
Manager Matt Parr is confident the Reds can keep up their good form.
He said: ‘We are playing some excellent football.
‘The wins have lifted us up the table to within touching distance of the top group.
‘Apart from scoring good goals we have shown in our last two games we can defend when we have to.
‘We drew 1-1 at Verwood earlier in the season in a good game so we know they won’t be easy opponents.’
Hayling United travel to Lymington Town (3pm).
The Humbugs pulled off a 1-0 win at Blackfield & Langley in midweek and manager Steve Poulton is aiming for another fine victory.
He said: ‘We put in a brilliant performance at Blackfield to pick up a bonus three points.
‘This is the real test, though, having to show the consistency to beat teams that are in and around us in the league.’
Dave Carter’s Horndean are at home against New Milton Town.