Paul calls on Humbugs to scavenge

Hayling boss Lee Paul
Hayling boss Lee Paul
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Lee Paul has demanded the Humbugs to start scavenging for Wessex League premier division points.

And the Hayling manager wants them to begin when Alton Town visit the College Ground tomorrow (3pm).

The Humbugs find themselves propping up the table following their 4-0 defeat at Brading Town this week.

However, Paul is refusing to push the panic button.

‘We escaped on the final day of last season and there is a long way to go before we get there again,’ said the boss.

‘I always knew it would be tough at this stage and we have to scavenge what points we can.

‘In the next few weeks we have to play some of the top teams twice so it won’t be easy.

‘We will remain positive, though, because we’re capable of taking points off them.

‘Our performances have been quite good but we need to be far more clinical and committed in front of goal.

‘The danger is we could find ourselves cut adrift at the bottom and we don’t want that.’

Paul intends to give some of his successful reserve team players a chance in a bid to re-energise his side.

Defender Sean Thurgood is out with a knee injury.

Hayling United: Patilla, Luff, Boniface, Watts, Thornton, Tigwell, Baker, Bishop, Salter-Vaile, Black, Burney, Fisher

n Injury-ravaged Horndean face a tough test at Lymington Town (3pm).

The visitors are without eight senior players, including three strikers – Gary Austin, Nathan Paxton and Torr Spicer.

‘We’ll have to play people out of position and throw in a few youngsters,’ said Horndean boss Dave Carter.

‘All we can do is remain positive and give it a go.’

Horndean: Howard, Chatfield, Chapman, Shepherd, Smith, Sharp, Taylor, Warren, Worsfold, Bell, Perkins, Gadd, Farrugia, Blackmore

n Moneyfields will face ex-players Warren Hunt and Danny Horrell when they visit Blackfield & Langley.

The pair swapped Dover Road for the Waterside in the summer.

And boss Miles Rutherford is keen his men put on a performance.

‘We have lost three consecutive league games and are looking for a much-needed win,’ said the Moneyfields manager.

The visitors have striker Steve Hutchings back after a one-match ban.

Moneyfields: Hook, Evans, Gee, Rackley, Wain, Bailey, Birmingham M, Birmingham D, Gauntlett, Slater, Hutchings, N’Doye, Savage, Haig, Gregory, Hore

n Comeback-kings Fareham are hoping to do things the easy way against Newport IOW at Cams Alders (3pm).

The Reds have clawed back a two-goal deficit in their past two games to rescue a point.

‘We keep making life difficult for ourselves,’ said boss Matt Parr.

‘But we have shown lots of character and are hard to beat.’

Centre-half Sam Doswell – a recent recruit from Hamble – is expected to continue but Louis Martin and Rob Stock are still ruled out by injury.

Fareham: Douglas, Warren, Waugh, Doswell, Jones, Boud, Cuthbert, Stevens, Pittman, Cammack, Tambling, Kirby, Tattersall, Vickers, Berry, Redman