Moneyfields and Fareham are hoping their gamble on Friday night football will pay off with a big gate for tonight’s tasty premier division derby at Dover Road (7.45pm).
With Portsmouth hosting Cardiff City at Fratton Park tomorrow, the two clubs agreed to switch the game in a bid to attract more fans through the gate.
Both teams have made an unbeaten start to their league campaign and a full-blooded affair is expected.
Moneyfields were involved in a 6-5 thriller against Romsey in midweek and, though pleased to win, manager Miles Rutherford admitted it was a tough watch.
‘It was a schoolboyish performance from us and it was embarrassing to conceded five goals,’ said Rutherford.
‘We are scoring goals for fun but at the other end we have let in 10 in three games.
‘It is something we have to address against Fareham because this is never an easy game.’
Veteran defender Graeme Gee is unavailable but Russell Rackley returns to the squad.
Like Rutherford, Fareham boss Matt Parr is in the throes of rebuilding his team after losing players during the summer.
An excellent 2-1 win at Blackfield & Langley in midweek was a huge boost to their confidence but Parr remains realistic.
‘Our aim is to make sure we stay in this league,’ he said.
‘We have achieved a good start through lots of hard work and players who are prepared to keep going to the end.
‘It should be a good game at Moneyfields with both teams containing good youngsters who like to play football.’
The visitors welcome back Matt Jones from holiday and also have Ollie Warren and Eddie Barnes-Andrews returning from injury.
Moneyfields: Hook, Scott, Evans, Rackley, Lee, Blake, Boyle, Bailey, Hore, Morgan, Gauntlett, Hutchings, Slater, N’Doye, Wain, Page, Brockway
Fareham Town: Douglas, Warren, Barnes-Andrews, Martin, Stock, Jones, Boud, Cuthbert, Stevens, Pitman, Windsor, Tattersall, Tambling, Kirby, Dark, Redmond
n Hayling will find it tough to make up for their disappointing FA Cup exit in midweek at the hands of Bridport.
They visit pre-season title favourites Winchester City and manager Lee Paul accepts his team will have to be strong – mentally and physically.
‘This won’t be easy and we must go there and be solid,’ he said.
‘We will look to contain them and maybe get something on the counter.’
Sean Thurgood comes back in to strengthen the midfield, with Jack Salter-Vaile and Tom Wray also returning.
Hayling United: Patilla, Luff, Thornton, Watts, Smallbones, Martin, Clements, Case, Baker, Black, Burney, Thurgood, Paul, Wray, Fisher, Savage
n Premier division newcomers Horndean are confident of picking up all three points at Alresford Town.
Goalkeeper Simon Howard is back in the squad after suspension but Dan Hayes is attending the Reading Music Festival.
Horndean: Howard, Blackmore, Perkins, Chapman, Taylor, Smith, Fennemore, Sheppard, Paxton, McKie, Spicer, Austin, Boam, Gadd, Worsfold