Moneys and Hayling set for derby clash

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MONEYFIELDS and Hayling United do battle in a Wessex League premier division derby clash at Hayling College tomorrow (3pm).

Miles Rutherford’s Moneys will start as favourites but lost 3-0 to Totton & Eling last time out.

Steve Poulton’s Humbugs, by contrast, have won their past two matches.

‘All the pressure is on Moneyfields,’ said Poulton.

‘Anything less than a win would be a disaster for them.

‘Teams don’t tend to enjoy coming to us and we are capable of beating anyone on our own pitch if we click.

‘We will set out to make life difficult for them and being a derby no-one wants to lose.’

Aaron Kinchen, Mike Turvey Gary Luff and Pete Murphy are all expected to miss the game and striker Lenny Burney is serving a long-term suspension.

Fareham Town can leapfrog hosts GE Hamble into the top six if they win tonight’s clash (7.45pm).

A late goal saw the Reds drop two points in a 1-1 draw at Verwood in the week and manager Matt Parr wants his team to make amends.

‘GE Hamble are one of the better teams in the league so it is an opportunity for us to prove we are not a bad side,’ said Parr.

Defenders Matt Jones and Craig Shrimpton come back into the squad.

AFC Portchester are suffering with injuries as they welcome league leaders Downton to Wicor Mill (3pm).

‘It is a struggle at the moment,’ said manager Glenn Bridgman.

‘It is a long season, though, and we are far too good to go down.’

The hosts will give a debut to midfielder Brady Norton, who has signed from Gosport.

Horndean have a major injury crisis ahead of their game against Bournemouth Poppies at Five Heads Park.

‘Of our squad of 17 players, 11 are injured,’ said manager Dave Carter.

‘We are in a healthy mid-table position but we are targeting a top-10 finish.

‘Our league form has dropped a bit recently and we need to pick it up by getting three points.’

Carter hopes defenders Tom Chapman, Alex Shepherd and Dan Hayes will return.