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Moneys are without striker Steve Hutchings

Moneys are without striker Steve Hutchings

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MONEYFIELDS visit struggling Fawley looking to maintain their three-point lead at the top of the Wessex League premier division (3pm).

Manager Dave Carter believes the home side will set out to make it difficult for them.

And the league leaders will have to find the way to goal without star striker Steve Hutchings who is suspended.

Carter said: ‘Fawley will probably sit in and it will be up to us to break them down.

‘Their pitch is also on the small side so we will have to adapt to that.

‘We are pleased to be top of the league coming up to the half-way stage.

‘It is up to us to make sure we maintain our lead because winning promotion is our main focus this season.

‘Not having Steve Hutchings is a blow but as a team we have to learn to play without him.’

Hutchings has a five-match ban on top of his six-match suspension he served earlier in the season.

The visitors include new arrival from Fareham Town, Ash Tattersall, in their squad.

Horndean have two new faces in their squad for the trip to Amesbury Town (3pm).

Michael Birmingham has signed Sean Wain, from Blackfield & Langley and Lewis Brailey, from Bashley.

‘Both my new players are lefties so that’ll give extra balance to the team,’ said Birmingham.

‘We know Amesbury are a young, honest, hard-working team.

‘It will be a case of us matching their work-rate to allow our quality to show through.

‘The work-rate and desire of my players is excellent at the moment.’

Striker Robbie Tambling is suspended, Luke Heard injured and Ian Humble, unavailable.

Fareham Town aim to avoid an eighth successive league defeat as they visit Portland United (3pm).

Reds boss Steve Stone faces a big job trying to keep the club in the premier division.

‘The league table doesn’t lie and we are one point above the relegation zone,’ said Stone.

‘At the moment we have 12 players making the long trip to Dorset.

‘The council have a meeting in December to decide about the ground developments.

‘My biggest fear is we might end up ground sharing and I think that could be the end of the club.’

AFC Portchester could move into the top four if they beat Alresford Town at the Blanchard Wells Stadium (3pm).

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