Moneys sign up experienced duo

Michael Birmingham in action for Bognor
Michael Birmingham in action for Bognor
Matt Tubbs played well against Sutton. Picture: Habibur Rahman

Injuries are big concern but defensive errors also worry Hawks

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Moneyfields have pulled off a coup by attracting both Michael and Dave Birmingham to Dover Road – and both could be involved in their Wessex premier visit to Downton (3pm).

The two experienced brothers could have a big impact playing alongside the Copnor club’s youngsters.

Michael Birmingham recently retired after a distinquished career with Bognor, while Dave has made the move from Southern League Gosport Borough.

‘They are a great capture for us,’ said Moneyfields manager Miles Rutherford.

‘Their experience and ability to communicate can only help further develop our young players.

‘My young players have made a good start but, after losing the past two games convincingly, I need to act now before we find ourselves on a slippery slope.

‘We go to Downton needing to get a result.’

Moneyfields: Hook, Evans, Lee, Page, Bailey, Blake, Gauntlett, Rackley, Hore, Slater, Hutchings, Wain, N’Doye, Savage, Gee, M Birmingham, D Birmingham.

n Horndean have influential central defender Tom Chapman back for their testing trip to Hamworthy United in the Wessex premier division (3pm).

Chapman was suspended for the 1-1 home draw against Lymington Town in midweek and manager Dave Carter is delighted to have him back.

‘Hamworthy are a big, strong side and we will need Tom’s ability in the air,’ said Carter.

‘I may need to put out a bigger side myself to combat the threat from the “Land of the Giants”.’

Bryn McKie has also recovered from his ankle problems but Carter has lost a couple of players.

The busy Louis Bell is on holiday, while midfielder Bobby Hopkinson’s loan spell from the Hawks has come to an end.

Horndean: Howard, Perkins, Chapman, Shepherd, Smith, Austin, Hayes, Fennemore, Paxton, Spicer, Taylor, Sharpe, Gadd, Warren, McKie, Blackmore.

n Fareham Town head for Totton & Eling hoping to avoid a repeat of their FA Cup agony against the same team earlier this season.

The Reds had a player sent off and suffered a heavy defeat as they were dumped out of the competition.

‘It’s tough at the moment because we are down to the barebones,’ said Reds manager Matt Parr.

‘The youngsters who have come in, though, are showing good discipline, grit and determination.

‘I can’t even name a squad at the moment.’

n Hayling United may find it difficult to get the lift they need at well-organised Lymington Town.

The Humbugs suffered a damaging 2-1 defeat at bottom-of-the-league New Milton Town in midweek and are hoping for more from their second visit to the New Forest in four days.