Parr sweet on Humbugs derby win

Fareham boss Matt Parr
Fareham boss Matt Parr
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Matt Parr takes his in-form Fareham Town back to old club Hayling United for a Wessex premier derby at the College Ground tonight (7.45pm).

The two sides have already met twice this season in cup competitions and honours are even.

Fareham won the FA Cup tie but the Humbugs turned the tables on them in the Wessex League Cup.

The Reds produced their best performance of the season at the weekend, beating previously-unbeaten Downton 2-0 away from home.

Parr believes that shows the quality of his squad.

‘I think we can finish in the top three,’ said Parr.

‘We have always had good footballers but in the summer we added a bit more bite to the squad.

‘Us and Hayling know each other well and we are expecting another hard-fought local derby.

‘Hayling will throw everything at us and we have to be ready for that.

‘We’re very much up for it.’

Fareham are still without injured forward Robbie Tambling.

The Humbugs, who tonight start a run of six consecutive home matches, are missing injured pair Gary Luff and Mike Turvey.

‘I am looking for us to win at least four of our next six games,’ said Humbugs manager Steve Poulton.

‘Hopefully we can start against Fareham, although we always have tough games with them.

‘There isn’t a lot between the two sides and it should be another good battle.’

AFC Portchester will look to bounce back to winning ways in the league by beating Totton & Eling at Wicor Mill.

Horndean entertain Portsmouth Senior League outfit Waterlooville Social Club at Five Heads Park in the Portsmouth Senior Cup.

‘After losing at home to bottom club Romsey in the league on Saturday, we don’t want another upset,’ said Deans manager Dave Carter.

Carter is without injured pair Dan Hayes and Louie Castles, while Nathan Paxton and Will Perkins are on holiday.

n Reports from tonight’s matches in The News tomorrow.