Humbugs gaffer hopes to end sticky patch

Hayling boss Lee Paul

Hayling boss Lee Paul

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Lee Paul is hoping to boost Hayling United’s survival bid after a nightmare 10 days.

The Humbugs boss is des-perate for a change in fortune as his side – deep in a relegation dogfight – host Bournemouth Poppies at the College Ground (3pm).

While travelling to Ham-worthy on January 18, Paul was forced to abandon his car because of a puncture.

And upon arrival at the County Ground, he was told by the referee he would be reported to the league for not handing the teamsheet on the time.

Hayling, who had more than their fair share of play that night, ended up losing, with an angry Paul being dismissed from his dugout by the referee.

Two days later the former Gosport Borough, Fleet Town and Hayling striker was bedridden with a virus.

He just managed to recover in time to see his side crash out of the Portsmouth Senior Cup at the College Ground, squandering a 4-1 advantage in the face of a magnificent recovery from Fleetlands, who eventually prevailed 5-4.

It has not been a memorable period for the boss but he remains focused on leading his troops in their escape bid.

‘It is crunch time and in our position we need wins,’ he said.

‘The players owe myself and the club more after losing to Hampshire League Fleetlands in midweek.

‘Every game is a battle for us now.’

Paul is hoping to have Scott Thornton and Dan Turner back, although Jack Salter-Vaile remains an injury doubt.

Hayling United: Harrop, Smallbones, Thornton, Watts, Turner, Martin, Clements, Case, Black, Reay, Williams, Burney, Walker, Salter-Vaile.

n Moneyfields visit second-placed Hamworthy United after the cup highs and lows of this week.

Defensive errors cost the Copnor club dear as they crashed out of the Wessex League Cup 4-1 at the hands of Hamble ASSC on Tuesday.

They bounced back last night with a 3-0 win over United Services in the Portsmouth Senior Cup, though.

Moneys hope to have the calming influence of Guy Rutherford back but are still missing Dean Blake and Luke Middleton.

Moneyfields: Hook, Evans, Kerridge, Elias, Horrell, Jones G, Bailey, Rackley, Gauntlett, Hunt, Slater, Singh, N’Doye, Rutherford G.

n Fareham will be determined to give manager Matt Parr a tonic as they travel to Blackfield & Langley on the Waterside (3pm).

Parr has been laid up in bed with tonsillitis and missed the Reds’ 1-1 draw with Romsey Town this week.

Fareham have gone three games without a win and need to start picking up more points if they are to maintain their ambitions of a top three finish.

Fareham Town: Douglas, Warren, Buckland, Wood, Jones, Boud, Cotton, Spurway, Thompson, Hayes, Austin, Lindsey, Cuthbert, Woodward, Redman.

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