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Moneyfields have signed ex-Pompey duo Lewis Stockford and Ashley Harris as they eye a top-10 finish in the Wessex League premier division finish.

Manager Dave Carter is looking for his team to get three points against Verwood Town at Dover Road tomorrow (3pm).

Both of the new recruits played for Carter when he was in charge at Horndean.

Harris is recovering from a knee injury and is likely to have limited involvement this season.

But midfielder Stockford comes straight into the squad.

It is a fourth game in seven days for Moneys.

That means Carter will have to use his squad to the maximum.

He is determined to ensure nobody at the club slips into an end-of-season mentality with some big games still to come.

He said: ‘I am having to juggle my squad around at the moment because of the number of games we have to play in a short space of time.

‘We still have plenty to play for and in the league we are six points off the eighth-placed club with three games in hand.

‘There is also a Portsmouth Senior Cup semi-final against Baffins Milton Rovers, with a final at Fratton Park at stake.

‘All the players are playing for their places at the club next season.

‘We are not ready to slip into an end-of-season mode yet.’

AFC Portchester travel to Team Solent looking to keep their promotion bid alive tomorrow (3pm).

The Royals have bounced back with two wins in the last week after suffering three consecutive defeats.

‘I am looking for a grandstand finish to the season because we need to win quite a few games if we are to go up,’ said manager Graham Rix.

‘We have a bit of catching up to do.

‘Team Solent will be a big test but we go into the game in good shape and with a full squad to choose from.

‘We will need to be at our best because our opponents are fit, fast, and possess a potent attacking threat.’

The visitors hope to have Geoff Dunne and Alex Lowley back from injury.

Fareham Town can take a big step towards securing Wessex premier safety by beating Alresford Town at Cams Alders (3pm).

Manager Steve Stone is looking for the Reds to carry on where they left off in their excellent 3-1 victory over Bournemouth Poppies.

Horndean play their second game in three days as they host Fawley at Five Heads Park (3pm).

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