Missing men leave Deans gaffer with tough test

Horndean manager Dave Carter. Picture: Paul Jacobs (123433-8)
Horndean manager Dave Carter. Picture: Paul Jacobs (123433-8)
Baffins Milton Rovers found it tough against Portland. Picture: Ian Hargreaves

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Horndean have to contend with a crippling injury list ahead of their Wessex League premier division clash against Bournemouth Poppies at Five Heads Park (3pm).

Manager Dave Carter’s options are limited and that has shown in a recent poor run of results.

‘We have to get back to winning football matches but it isn’t easy,’ he said.

‘I could field a whole first team of injured players at the moment.

‘There is a nice gap of 14 points between us and the bottom two, so we shouldn’t be in any danger.

‘A return to winning ways over Bournemouth Poppies will give us some extra breathing space, though.’

Carter has been impressed with a couple of youngsters who have stepped up into senior action.

Tony Worsfold, 22, has been brave at full-back and 21-year-old Mark Smith – signed from Locks Heath – has scored four goals in five games.

‘We have not got a lot to play for and when we come up against teams at the bottom fighting for their lives we have failed to match them,’ said Carter.

Moneyfields are in good form ahead of their visit to relegation-battling Totton & Eling (3pm).

Full-back Rob Evans scored twice in their 2-0 win at Brockenhurst on Wednesday and boss Miles Rutherford is looking for more of the same.

‘The first half at Brockenhurst was the best I have seen us play for a long time,’ he said.

‘Our aim is to win as many games as we can between 
now and the end of the season.’

The visitors are without suspended pair Steve Hutchings and Stuart 
Green.

Fareham Town are hoping to make home advantage count as Whitchurch United visit Cams Alders.

The Reds lost 3-1 at home to Alresford last night and will be determined to get back on track.

Meanwhile, AFC Portchester beat Christchurch 2-0 last night and they travel to face Bemerton Heath Harlequins tomorrow.