Deans in battle with fatigue for Solent trip

Josh Maddison
Josh Maddison
Matt Tubbs played well against Sutton. Picture: Habibur Rahman

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FA Vase heroes Horndean return to Wessex League premier division action tomorrow with a tough trip to face the students of Team Solent (3pm).

The Deans reached the first round proper of the Vase with an outstanding 3-1 replay success at Longwell Green Sports in midweek.

It was a hard, physical battle at the end of a long Tuesday trip to Bristol.

Now manager Dave Carter is hoping his team can overcome fatigue as they look to defend their unbeaten record in the league.

‘We are the only unbeaten team left in our league,’ said Carter.

‘After our midweek exertions, instead of training last night we all went for a curry instead.

‘We know it won’t be easy against Solent, whose striker has scored six goals in their last three games.

‘Defensively, we will need to be organised and at our most resilient.’

Josh Maddison returns at centre-half after work commitments and the visitors have also been strengthened by the arrival of Matt Burt from Salisbury.

AFC Portchester are also in fine spirits as they head for Andover Town (3pm).

The Royals thrashed Moneyfields 5-1 in midweek, with Jason Parish grabbing another brace.

The striker has scored four goals in his past two games and is thriving on his step up from Baffins Milton Rovers.

‘We have been creating lots of chances and against Moneyfields we made the most of our opportunities,’ said assistant manager Steve Johnson.

‘It all clicked into place and we got our just rewards.

‘Andover are up there with us and possess lots of pace up front.

‘It should prove an exciting affair between two teams who like to get on the offensive.

‘We will go there in a positive frame of mind but clearly won’t want to lose against another team who will be up there challenging for the title.’

Fareham Town return to action after a 10-day break against Fawley on the Waterside.

The Reds forced a terrific 1-1 draw at Lymington Town in their last game and are keen to build on that.

‘After escaping relegation on the final day last season, we want to get as many points on the board as we can early on,’ said Reds manager Steve Stone.

Moneyfields are not in action this weekend.

Their next game is against Salisbury at Dover Road on. Tuesday.