ROCK-Bottom Hayling United are determined to fight tooth and nail to ensure their Wessex premier division survival as third-placed Bemerton Heath Harlequins visit Hayling College (3pm).
The Humbugs suffered another defeat in midweek, 1-0 at home against Christchurch, but manager Lee Paul felt his side could take a lot of positives from the game.
‘We played well and showed great determination in a very tough game,’ said Paul.
‘The players came in shattered after battling from start to finish and we are determined to keep our belief.
‘We know we have good players here and shouldn’t be going down but we have not got the results.
‘It is still far from over, though, and a lot can still happen in our last nine games.
‘Our result at Brading earlier showed that when we want to perform, we are capable of getting results against anybody in the league.
‘We still have to play Brockenhurst who are one place above us so we are still in it.
‘The players know they will have to continue showing the same grit and battling qualities if they are to pull it off.’
Hayling are without suspended Rob Tambling but hope to have Dan Martin and Leroy Williams back.
Dan Turner came through 15 minutes in midweek without any problems following a back injury and his presence will further bolster United’s defence.
Hayling United: Harrop, Smallbones, Salter-Vaile, Watts, Thornton Martin, Clements, Case, Walker, Wray, Burney, Williams, Black, Turner.
n Assistant-manager Mickey Cripps is hoping to maintain his unbeaten record in the absence of boss Matt Parr as Fareham Town host Laverstock & Ford at Cams Alders (3pm).
Cripps who is in charge for a month while Parr is in Austria with work commitments, has started with three straight wins and would love to add another.
The Reds included three youngsters during their midweek wins – Sean Dark, Tom Spears and Adam Redman – and they all impressed enough to retain their places in the squad.
‘It’s so far, so good,’ said Cripps. ‘I have had a good reaction from the players in Matt’s absence and we must look to keep the momentum going in our bid to catch up with the top six.’
Fareham Town: Douglas, Warren, Martin, Jones, Woods, Buckland, Cuthbert, Boud, Spurway, Kirby, Hayes, Cotton, Lindsey, McKie, Spears, Dark, Redman.
n Moneyfields could be without the heart of their defence when they take on Blackfield & Langley at Dover Road (3pm).
With Russell Rackley and Owen Elias already ruled out by injury, Shaun Kerridge is also a doubt after suffering cuts to his lip and face in midweek.
‘The injury crisis has returned but the youngsters who have come in are doing well,’ said Moneyfields boss Miles Rutherford.
‘It will give us a chance to blood a few more youngsters and all we want to do is keep things going until the end of the season.’
Moneyfields: Hook, Evans, Horrell, Brown, Bailey, Gauntlett, Page, Blake, Singh, Hunt, Hore, Quirke, Kendall.