Fareham boss targets lift-off at Whitchurch

Charlie Bailey. Picture: Neil Marshall
Charlie Bailey. Picture: Neil Marshall
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Matt Parr wants to see Fareham Town launch their fight for Wessex League premier division survival at Whitchurch United tomorrow (3pm).

The Reds are in a perilous position – second from bottom and nine points adrift of safety.

Parr’s team do have three games in hand but he knows it is essential they start picking up points.

‘It is a hard road ahead but staying up isn’t impossible,’ he said.

‘We still have half of our season left to turn things around.

‘It is vital we start to put points on the board and must look to get something at Whitchurch.’

The visitors are boosted by the return of captain Ian Humble, who was badly missed in the 5-1 defeat at AFC Portchester.

Parr also expects to give a debut to central defender Charlie Bailey after his switch from Wicor Rec.

AFC Portchester are expected to include Hawks loanee Harry Wedlake in their squad for the game against Totton & Eling at Wicor Rec (3pm).

The home side are also hoping to give striker Alex Baldacchino a debut.

‘We have not played a lot recently and hopefully won’t be too rusty,’ said director of football Mick Jenkins.

‘It will be disappointing if we don’t pick up all three points against a team stranded at the bottom.’

League leaders Petersfield Town face a stern test against fellow title challengers Blackfield & Langley on the Waterside (3pm).

‘Blackfield have been formidable at home but we are going there with a full-strength squad,’ said Rams boss Ian Saunders.

‘We have a two-point lead at the top and would like to maintain that if we can.

‘It is a massive game for both teams but most of the pressure is on them trying to catch us up.’

Moneyfields hope to welcome some long-term absentees back for the trip to Bemerton Heath Harlequins (3pm).

Dean Arnold could return from injury with George Way, Dougie Rowe and Dan Gauntlett also not far away.

Horndean manager Dave Carter is back from Tenerife to take charge of the visit to Bournemouth Poppies (3pm).