Fareham Town will be on neighbourhood watch duty tomorrow when Horndean arrive intent on stealing all three points from this Wessex League premier division derby at Cams Alders (3pm).
The two sides fought out a goalless draw in their first meeting of the season back in August and another tight affair looks on the cards.
Both teams have struggled for form this term but have recently shown signs of turning things around.
The Reds have made a three-game unbeaten start to the new year, while Horndean were extremely unlucky to lose 1-0 against league leaders Winchester City in midweek.
Fareham boss Matt Parr is keen to see his side keep their recent run going.
‘We have shown in the last few games that we are back in business,’ said Parr.
‘There is little between the two sides, though, and it will probably come down to who makes the least mistakes.
‘The players all know each other so well and Horndean have eight or nine who have played for me in the past.
‘They probably possess a bit more experience than us and we know we still have a way to go.’
Horndean pushed Winchester all the way in midweek, before going down to a last-minute penalty.
Dave Carter’s side haven’t found it easy in their first year back in the Wessex League’s top-flight but are determined to strengthen their position in the second half of the season.
‘We are going there for the three points,’ said Carter.
‘Our midweek defeat was so frustrating but shows that we can compete with the best in this league.
‘I am looking for 13 points from our next five games and my players are well up for this game.
‘It is a local derby, though, and we have got to want it from start to finish.
‘If we can do that then we have the quality in our side to win it.’
Fareham: Douglas, Warren, Cuthbert, Burt, Jones, Pittman, Boud, Stevens, Tambling, Dark S, Cotton, Cammack, Tattersall, Doswell, Vickers, Redman
Horndean: Howard, Paskins, Luff, Chapman, Shepherd, Chatfield, McKie, Fennemore, Hayes, Spurway, Milroy, Bell, Smith, Huntley, Plomer, Taylor, Warren
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