Fareham boss eyes end to losing habit

Matt Parr. Picture: Malcolm Wells (142587-1116)

Matt Parr. Picture: Malcolm Wells (142587-1116)

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Matt Parr is desperate for a Wessex League Cup win against first division Fleet Spurs at Kennel Lane tomorrow.

The beleaguered Fareham Town boss feels under increasing pressure after suffering a further setback in midweek.

His Reds crashed out of the Russell-Cotes Cup following a 2-1 defeat against division one-outfit Cowes Sports at Cams Alders.

And Parr wants to avoid another cup upset.

‘We need to start winning to breed some confidence,’ said the boss.

‘Losing is a bad habit that we have got ourselves into and we have to change it.

‘It is important we stay in the league cup for as long as possible.

‘Against Cowes we were poor in the first half but dominated the second period.

‘We need to build on that.’

Parr is without four senior defenders – with Louie Martin, Kieron Lewis, Josh Cripps and George Colson still injured.

Elsewhere, last season’s beaten finalists Petersfield Town start their cup bid against Tadley Calleva at Barlows Park.

Town boss Ian Saunders is wary of the division one high-fliers, who are unbeaten in their league.

‘Tadley will be looking to do what we did last season to a number of premier sides,’ said Saunders.

‘They will regard us as a scalp and that makes them dangerous.’

Moneyfields go back to Bemerton Heath Harlequins where they exited the FA Vase earlier this season.

And AFC Portchester entertain Brockenhurst at Wicor Rec – looking for a repeat of the 1-0 win over the New Forest side earlier this season.

‘Brockenhurst beat Winchester 3-0 in the week, so we know this is going to be a tough game,’ said Royals manager Graham Rix.

‘We are still hit by 
injuries but with our next five games at home we want to put a winning run together.’

Jack Salter-Vaile and Sammy Igoe could return to the squad after injury.

Horndean travel to Bournemouth Poppies.

The sides drew 2-2 at Five Heads Park in the league earlier this season.

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