Hayling eye derby upset at Fareham

Joe Noakes is suspended for Horndean. Picture: Dave Haines
Joe Noakes is suspended for Horndean. Picture: Dave Haines
Matt Tubbs played well against Sutton. Picture: Habibur Rahman

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Hayling United are looking to cause an upset as they start the new year with a tasty Wessex League premier division derby at Fareham Town (3pm).

Humbugs assistant manager Mark Tigwell is targeting a second win of the season over the Reds – after knocking them out of the Wessex League Cup.

He believes it is a clash of cultures – with his side the poor relations coming up against the better-off Reds.

‘Fareham are a good side and should finish in the top six at the end of the season,’ said Tigwell.

‘But then again they should do because they are one of the teams paying decent money to the players.

‘I am a great believer that players should not be paid at our level.

‘There are lots of players in this league who are not worth what they are being paid.

‘All the money we get in at Hayling goes towards keeping our club going.’

Hayling still need points to move further away from the bottom three.

And they will need to show a big improvement after losing their last game against bottom-of-the-league Romsey Town.

The Humbugs paid for their complacency going into that game but against Fareham that is unlikely to be the case.

‘The players know anything we can get against Fareham will be a bonus,’ said Tigwell.

‘But it is a derby and that means it will probably boil down to which team wants it most on the day.

‘Because of the weather we have only had two back-to-back games in the last seven weeks and hopefully that hasn’t left us too rusty.’

Horndean are still without powerful striker Chamal Fenelon and central defender Joe Noakes, who are both suspended, for the trip to league leaders Downton.

Meanwhile, stuttering Moneyfields face a testing trip across the Solent to take on top-six rivals Newport at St Georges Park.

And fast-improving AFC Portchester will fancy their chances at lowly Alton Town where ace striker Simon Woods can add to his goal tally.

Woods has attracted the attention of a number of bigger clubs with his goalscoring this season.