Disappointed Fareham Town boss Matt Parr has warned his players to ‘shape up or ship out’ ahead of their Wessex League premier division visit to Laverstock & Ford (3pm).
The Reds’ ambitions of a top-six finish have been dashed by two poor defeats and Parr expects his players to show a response.
A 3-0 defeat at lowly Fawley last weekend was followed by a 5-0 thrashing at Poole Town in midweek, leaving Parr in an angry mood.
‘They were possibly our two poorest performances of the season,’ said Parr.
‘We conceded eight goals and were lucky it wasn’t double that. At the same time we have hardly offered a threat.
‘It hasn’t been very good at all and we have lacked confidence.
‘I won’t carry any passengers and the players need to show a bit of character and come back stronger.
‘It will be a final test for some of them to see if they are up to it.
‘There can be no excuses. We must look to beat Laverstock & Ford convincingly and if we play to our true potential, we should get the right result.’
The Reds look as though they will be without Louis Martin for the rest of the season after the player suffered a groin tear.
Fareham Town: Harrop, Wood, Jones, Buckland, Cuthbert, Boud, Cotton, Hayes, Thompson, Spurway, Kirby, Lindsey, Darke, McKie, Berry.
n Moneyfields will be looking to bounce back from their disappointing midweek defeat against Brading as they visit Alresford Town (3pm).
‘We were awful in midweek,’ said manager Miles Rutherford.
‘Brading weren’t very good but they deserved to win.
‘It also looks as though we will be without leading goalscorer Warren Hunt for the rest of the season after he came off with a snapped hamstring.’
A lack of consistency has been Moneyfields’ problem all season and could end up costing them a top-six finish.
Moneyfields: Hook, Evans, Horrell, Rackley, Wain S, Bailey, Blake, Singh, Gauntlett, Hore, Brown, Gregory.
n Hayling United are without a game after maintaining their hopes of escaping relegation with a hard-fought 2-1 win over closest rivals Brockenhurst.
The Humbugs will need to recharge their batteries ahead of Tuesday’s home game against the powerful Poole Town outfit.