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‘Fantastic’ Hawks take control of title race with derby win

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Hayling boss Lee Paul warmed up for derby day and insisted: We can spring a shock.

The Wessex League premier division strugglers make the short trip to Horndean tomorrow, as Moneyfields and Fareham also lock horns (3pm).

With the Humbugs stranded at the bottom of the table – five points adrift – the Deans will fancy themselves to net a home win at Five Heads Park.

But Hayling boss Paul reckons his side are more than capable of upsetting the odds.

And what better time to launch a survival bid than with a triumph over their local rivals.

‘We have had good draws against some of the top teams recently, so we will go into this confident of picking up points,’ said Paul.

‘Both teams are in the lower half of the league and need the points.

‘It will be an interesting occasion because all the lads are good mates with each other and all have played in teams together.

‘There will be mutual respect but it should be quite a battle as they will want to beat their mates.

‘In derbies, form goes out the window. It could be an unpredictable affair.

‘If we can win it would certainly help put us on the right foot but we know that we will have to fight hard for every point this season.’

Hayling will have to make do without defenders Scott Thorn and Jack Salter-Vaile but welcome back striker Lenny Burney from suspension.

Meanwhile, Horndean boss Dave Carter is not expecting an easy ride against the bottom club.

‘Everyone raises their game for a derby so the fact Hayling are bottom and conceding lots of goals counts for nothing,’ he said.

‘Lots of the players have swapped between the two clubs which makes it interesting.

‘At Fawley (Wednesday), we were mustard and I will be looking for us to carry on from that.’

Tom Chapman, Torr Spicer, Louis Bell and Dan Smith return to the squad but Alex Shepherd is suspended.

Meanwhile, Fareham and Moneyfields are smarting from disappointing cup exits in midweek and will be keen to make amends at Cams Alders (3pm).

The Reds were knocked out of the League Cup by first division East Cowes Vics, while Moneys were given a lesson by the University of Portsmouth in the Russell-Cotes Cup.

Fareham boss Matt Parr is keen to see a brighter display tomorrow, as the stadium unveil their brand new floodlights.

‘We were awful (midweek) – it was easily our worst game of the season,’ said Parr.

‘A marked improvement will be needed against Moneyfields.

‘We were involved in a cracking 3-3 draw earlier this season and they are usually good games between the two of us.’

The visitors, though, are chomping at the bit.

‘We are still reeling from losing to the students,’ said Moneyfields manager Miles Rutherford.

‘We failed to turn up against them but that shouldn’t be a problem for this game.’

Moneyfields select from a full-strength squad apart from Dave Birmingham, who has work commitments.

Horndean: Blackmore, Perkins, Luff, Warren, Chapman, Tayler, Fennemore, Hayes, Paxton, Martin, McKie, Bell, Spicer, Smith, Chatfield, Howard

Hayling United: Patilla, Watts, Gadd, Baker, Vince, Tigwell, Clements, Black, Bishop, Case, Burney, Kintchem, Fisher, Cottle, Gain

Fareham Town: Douglas, Warren, Wall, Doswell, Darke S, Cuthbert, Boud, Windsor, Stevens, Tambling, Tattersall, Darke N, Redman

Moneyfields: Hook, Evans, Wain, Rackley, Lee, Horrell, Savage, Bailey, Gauntlett, Middleton, Hore, Hutchings, Slater, N’Doye, Boyle, Gregory, Birmingham M

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