Hectic schedule to test Reds’ resolve

Suspended: Moneyfields' Dean Blake
Suspended: Moneyfields' Dean Blake
Horndean are aiming to make Cup progress at the second attempt

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Fareham Town begin a hectic spell of four games in six days by taking on relegation-battling Brockenhurst at Cams Alders tonight (7.45pm).

The Reds’ resources will be stretched to the limit as games against Poole Town (Thursday), Romsey Town (Saturday) and Hamble ASSC (Monday) follow in quick succession.

‘I will have to spread my resources because on the hard pitches at this time of the year it isn’t so easy for players to recover from their knocks,’ said Fareham manager Matt Parr.

‘The next few days will test my squad’s stamina and resilience to the full.’

Parr feels his side are playing well at the moment and didn’t deserve to lose 3-1 at home against Bournemouth Poppies at the weekend.

‘We dominated the first half but got caught with two sucker-punch goals,’ he said.

‘When we did get a goal back in the second half, I thought we could go on and win it.’

The Reds are boosted by the return of influential midfielder Nathan Kirby, who was away last weekend, and central-defender Louie Martin, who has missed the last fortnight through injury.

Danny Thompson is still unavailable.

Injury-hit Moneyfields face a daunting trip to Poole Town, who were crowned Wessex League premier division champions at the weekend.

‘Poole are flying at the moment so we don’t expect it to be easy,’ said Moneys boss Miles Rutherford.

‘They have been the best team in our league for the last four years and thoroughly deserve to go up and play at a higher level.

‘It is always good to test yourself against the best to see where you are.

‘We will be going there to try and get some kind of result, though.’

Already without leading goalscorer Warren Hunt for the rest of the season, the Copnor club have also been hit by the loss of experienced playmaker Dean Blake who has a groin strain, coupled with a two-match suspension.

In division one, promotion-chasing Horndean will have one eye on events at Petersfield Town’s Love Lane.

If the home side beat visitors Pewsey Vale then Horndean will be promoted to the premier division as runners-up to Downton.

In the Hampshire Premier League, University of Portsmouth visit Liss (6.30pm), Paulsgrove are at Otterbourne (6-30pm) and Fleetlands travel to QK Southampton. These games kick off at 6.30pm.