Humbugs given wake-up call ahead of ‘six-pointer’

Hayling hope to have Ross Robinson back tonight
Hayling hope to have Ross Robinson back tonight
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Hayling United manager Steve Poulton is calling on his players to wake up ahead of tonight’s crucial Wessex League premier division match at New Milton Town (7.45pm).

The Humbugs are just seven points above the drop zone after their disappointing 4-1 defeat at Alton Town on Saturday.

Another loss against their second-from-bottom hosts in the New Forest will set alarm bells ringing at Hayling.

‘I am hoping the players have had their wake-up call,’ said Poulton.

‘Now they owe us a reaction because it was poor at Alton.

‘It left me angry and frustrated.

‘We have taken one point from the past 18 and the players have to start taking more responsibilty.

‘This is a massive game for us and a win will help repair some of the damage.’

Poulton hopes to have Pete Murphy, Ross Robinson and Jack Salter-Vaile back tonight.

AFC Portchester are hoping for three key players to return as they host Lymington Town at Wicor Mill (7.45pm).

Defenders Rob Pittman and Craig Hardy, along with midfielder Josh Maddison, are bidding to feature.

‘They are 50/50 at the moment but it would make a big difference if we can get them back,’ said director of football Mick Jenkins.

‘We achieved our first clean sheet of the season in the 0-0 draw against Bemerton on Saturday but want to return to winning ways at home.’

Struggling Horndean face a difficult trip across the Solent to take on Newport.

Dave Carter’s team recently beat the Islanders 3-2 at home but have slipped to third from bottom in the league.

Fareham Town can boost their top-six finish ambitions by beating Fawley at Cams Alders (7.45pm).

The Reds got back to winning ways with a derby win at Horndean at the weekend.

‘We played well at Horndean and must be looking for another three points at home,’ said Fareham boss Matt Parr.

‘Fawley are a good little footballing side, though, and we can’t afford to take them lightly.’

Central midfielder Tom Winzar returns to the squad after a recent charity walk.