Miroy boosts Moneyfields... Horndean must adapt

Alex Miroy is back at Moneyfields
Alex Miroy is back at Moneyfields
Hawks boss Lee Bradbury. Picture: Keith Woodland

Hawks boss sickened by home form

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Moneyfields start a punishing schedule of three games in five days with a Wessex League premier division trip to Alresford Town tonight (7.45pm).

The Copnor club host Fawley on Thursday night and follow that with another home game against Newport IW on Saturday.

Manager Dave Carter believes it will be a big test for his squad.

‘It will be a big ask but I want nine points,’ said Carter.

‘We go into it on the back of an excellent 2-1 win at Andover in our last game when our work-rate was fantastic.

‘Now I am looking for the same hard work in every game.

‘It will be important we approach the game at Alresford correctly.

‘They are going through a tough time at the moment and got thumped 7-1 at the weekend.

‘Their pitch is small, though, and that can prove a great leveller.’

Carter has boosted his squad by signing midfielder Alex Miroy from Hampshire League side Liss Athletic.

Miroy has played for Carter before at Horndean and is a welcome addition to the squad.

He is a versatile and experienced player who is also capable of scoring goals.

‘A big squad will be needed in the closing months of the season,’ said Carter.

‘We still have 23 games to play in 10 weeks and that is tough.’

Horndean are looking forward to finally playing their Hampshire Senior Cup tie against Totton & Eling.

The tie has been switched to Alton Town’s 3G pitch after being postponed at least eight times because of the weather.

‘We had a practice game on 3G at the weekend so it won’t be totally new to us,’ said Horndean manager Craig Pearce.

‘It will be down to the team that adapts the best on the night.

‘We want to go through and have the chance of taking on National League Basingstoke in the quarter-finals.’

Horndean are without George Callard, Josh Maloney and Ryan Thomas who are all cup-tied.

Fareham Town have switched their match to Brockenhurst in a bid to get the game played.