Portchester keen to go marching on

Louie Castles

Louie Castles

Fareham have been in excellent form in recent weeks. Picture: Habibur Rahman

Fareham aim to continue upward trend at Bashley

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AFC Portchester manager Graham Rix believes his players are in the mood to march on against Brockenhurst in the Wessex premier at Wicor Mill (3pm).

The Royals blasted Totton & Eling 7-0 in their last outing before being left to kick their heels by the weather.

‘Like most teams, we have not played much over the Christmas period,’ said manager Graham Rix.

‘The players are busting a gut to get out there and get started again. They are champing at the bit.

‘Brockenhurst will be tough opponents but we do have the luxury, with one exception, of a full-time squad to pick from.’

The one absentee is winger Louie Castles, who has been sidelined by a knee injury.

Castles is expecting to hear the results of his scan today.

New striker Nathan Lynch, signed from Blackfield & Langley, grabbed a hat-trick on his debut and looks to be a shrewd acquistion.

‘He not only took his goals well but he made a good contribution in other areas,’ said Rix.

Fareham Town will give a debut to new defender Nick Tayler at bottom-of-the-league Romsey Town.

Tayler has been brought in from Hamworthy United to bolster the Reds’ central defence.

‘I felt it is an area we needed to strengthen and Tayler is good in the air,’ said manager Matt Parr.

‘We are seven or eight games behind so face a busy schedule in the coming weeks.

‘Extra bodies will be required and I am looking to bring one or two more back in.

‘Our aim is to make a top-six finish but at the moment all we want to do is get out there playing games.

‘I am looking for us to start building up some momentum.’

Horndean boss Dave Carter fancies his side can cause an upset at Winchester City.

‘We had a good win at Whitchurch last time out and Winchester were beaten by bottom side Romsey,’ he said.

‘That has to give us some confidence.’

Horndean have been boosted by the return of central-defensive pair Tom Chapman and Alex Shepherd in recent games.

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