Reds aim to get back on track against Deans

Simon Woods has scored a couple of goals for Fareham
Simon Woods has scored a couple of goals for Fareham
Ryan Pennery netted for Moneyfields. Picture: Neil Marshall (171026-11)

Trophy dream is over for Moneys

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Fareham Town are hoping tonight’s derby against Horndean at Cams Alders can help spark their season into life (7.45pm).

The Reds have won just one league game so far this season and are uncomfortably close to the drop zone.

Town’s main problem has been scoring goals, with just five netted in their 12 games so far.

Striker Simon Woods has arrived from AFC Portchester and scored twice in eight games.

But Horndean manager Dave Carter, who is back from holiday, has warned his players to ignore their hosts lowly position.

‘It is a local derby and Matt Parr will have Fareham up for it,’ said Carter.

‘We have been a bit leggy recently because of our punishing schedule.

‘Since the start of the season we have played twice a week without a break.

‘But I am expecting my players to forget the fatigue and to dig deep.’

Carter has the luxury of a full-strength squad to choose from.

AFC Portchester’s recent improvement will be put to the test at Folland Sports.

Royals manager Graham Rix is expecting a tough encounter against a team who have already knocked them out of the FA Cup this season.

Rix is hoping his side can cope better with the strong, physical, direct style of the hosts.

‘Folland Sports are a good side with some very experienced players,’ said Rix.

‘However, we can go there with confidence after winning our last four games.

‘We have been playing some good football with lots of attacking intent.

‘Both our full-backs scored in the last game which shows that.’

Rix has to decide whether to stick with 17-year-old goalkeeper Lloyd Thomas, or to bring Luke Douglas back into the side.

Thomas did well on his debut, keeping a clean sheet in Saturday’s 3-0 win at Andover Town.

Douglas is available again and Rix may opt for his experience against Follands who are a strong side.

Rix has to contend with a few injury doubts, with Jack Salter-Vaile and Sammy Igoe picking up knocks at the weekend.