Humbugs boss eyes sweet derby triumph

Hayling boss Lee Paul
Hayling boss Lee Paul
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Hayling United believe they can pull off a surprise in their Wessex League premier division derby with Fareham Town at Cams Alders tomorrow (3pm).

The Humbugs hauled themselves above Fawley and off the bottom of the table last week with a 4-4 draw against Romsey.

Hayling are determined to stay off the foot but will need to show far greater defensive resilience, especially against former striker Graham Lindsey.

‘Lindsey is a handful for any defence and we must keep a lid on him if we are to stand any chance,’ said Humbugs manager Lee Paul.

‘I feel we are putting out one of our strongest back-four line-ups of the season so I am optimistic.

‘It’ll be an entertaining game because a lot of the players know each other.’

The visitors have 16-year-old Aiden Smallbones back at full-back, although Rob Tambling is doubtful with a groin strain.

Fareham boss Matt Parr is expecting a tight affair.

‘Hayling are a better side than their position suggests,’ said Parr.

‘Lee Paul is doing an excellent job after having a baptism of fire.

‘I’d like to see them stay up but we want the points.’

Meanwhile, striker Gary Austin has left Fareham to return to Horndean United.

Fareham Town: Douglas, Warren, Cuthbert, Goldring, Jones, Wood, Martin, Thompson, Hayes, Kirby, Spurway, Boud, Cotton, Lindsey, McKie.

Hayling: Harrop, Smallbones, Watts, Martin, Salter-Vaile, Wray, Black, Case, Burney, Tambling, Clements, Williams, Keogh, Walker, Thornton, Wells.

n Moneyfields boss Miles Rutherford wants to build on the midweek win at Newport against New Milton Town at Dover Road (3pm).

The Copnor club are badly hit by injuries, though, with Russell Rackley, Owen Elias, Pabs N’Doye, Danny Boyle and George Gregory all out.

Moneyfields: Hook, Kerridge, Horrell, Wain, Evans, Brown, Page, Bailey, Blake, Hunt, Gauntlett, Rutherford G, Kendall.