Poulton confident Humbugs can defeat ‘direct’ Verwood

Humbugs boss Steve Poulton. Picture: Mick Young
Humbugs boss Steve Poulton. Picture: Mick Young
Wes Fogden is brought down against Hemel Hempstead. Picture: Keith Woodland

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Hayling boss Steve Poulton reckons his side can finish the job and beat Verwood Town in their FA Vase replay tonight (7.45pm).

The Humbugs welcome the east Dorset side to Hayling College after a 2-2 extra-time draw on Saturday.

‘We were slightly fortunate to get a replay because we were not at our best,’ said Poulton.

‘Verwood missed a catalogue of chances in the first half when their direct style caused us a lot of problems.

‘It works well for them and it is something we will have to deal with.

‘In the second half we came more into the game and did a bit better.’

The Humbugs gave a debut to 16-year-old goalkeeper Charlie Searle who showed a maturity beyond his years.

He retains his place in the starting line-up as a reward – despite the regular goalkeepers being available again.

‘The lad did a superb job after being drafted in from the Hawks Academy and deserves his chance,’ said Poulton.

HAYLING: Searle, Murphy, Salter-Vaile, Baker, Gadd, Case, Martin, Luff, Tigwell, Smallbones, Vince, Black, Burney, Easton

n Horndean return to Wessex League premier division action when unbeaten Downton visit Five Heads Park (7.45pm).

‘We have had a week off and a chance to recharge our batteries,’ said Deans boss Dave Carter.

‘The lads should be raring to go and we fancy ourselves against anyone on our own pitch.’

The home side are boosted by the return of powerful striker Chamal Fenelon, who has shrugged off his hamstring problem.

First-choice goalkeeper Simon Howard makes a timely return, with replacement Derek Harding suspended for three games.

HORNDEAN: Howard, Shepherd, Perkins, Herrington, Chapman, Hayes, Stone, Spurway, Castles, Bell, Woodward, Paxton, Fenelon, Austin, Warren