Hayling bid for another last-day escape act

Aaron Kinchen is suspended for Hayling's final match of the season
Aaron Kinchen is suspended for Hayling's final match of the season
Wes Fogden takes on the Sutton opposition at Westleigh Park. Picture: Habibur Rahman

Hawks well beaten as Sutton capitalise on errors

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Hayling United can pull off another final-day escape by avoiding defeat to relegation rivals New Milton Town at the College Ground (3pm).

Last season, the Humbugs saw off Lymington Town on the last day of the season to avoid the drop from the Wessex premier division.

And manager Steve Poulton is hoping for a repeat of those heroics.

‘We know that if we avoid defeat we will stay up,’ said manager Steve Poulton.

‘It has been a terrific effort from the players because, a month ago, we were dead and buried.

‘Four straight wins have got us into this position and we have to make sure we don’t waste them.

‘There is no reason why we shouldn’t stay up, this is a winnable game.

‘It looks simple on paper but we know that it is likely to be a nervy, tense afternoon for us all.

‘I just want to get it done and dusted and over with.

‘The players are looking forward to it and are determined to keep their good form going.’

Goalkeeper Lloyd Patilla is unavailable, so Tony Harrop has been recalled from Gosport Borough.

Striker Ben Vassallo returns after recovering from a gashed foot but Aaron Kinchen is suspended.

Hayling: Harrop, Watts, Thornton, Baker, Gadd, Tigwell, Black, Salter-Vaile, Burney, Easton, Vassallo, Wilson, Kendall, Fisher, Case, Ferrier.

n Fareham Town bring the curtain down on their campaign with the visit of champions Winchester City to Cams Alders.

After a difficult start to the season, the Reds have recovered and manager Matt Parr believes their mid-table finish is a big achievement.

‘I feared the worse at the start when we had few players at the club,’ said Parr.

‘It has been hard work but to get where we are is brilliant.

‘It would be great to finish with the scalp of Winchester who haven’t lost many.’

Fareham: Douglas, Martin, Jones, Lewis, Boswell, Boud, Thompson, Hibberd, Burt, Cuthbert, Lindsay, Tambling, Tattersall, Smith, Winsor, Redmond.

n Horndean finish their season with a trip across the Solent to take on Newport IOW.

With both teams safe and little to play for, the visitors are intent on making it a ‘fun day.’

‘We are going over for a jolly in fancy dress,’ said Deans manager Dave Carter.

‘All the players have to wear thongs.

‘All their names are going into the hat to decide who plays where and that includes the manager and assistant-manager.’

n Moneyfields are determined to bounce back from their midweek Portsmouth Senior Cup defeat to end the season with a win against strugglers Fawley at Dover Road (3pm).

Miles Rutherford’s men have enjoyed a solid campaign and can stil finish third in the table.