Reds boss orders a double

Matt Parr's Fareham aim to make it six wins on the trot this weekend
Matt Parr's Fareham aim to make it six wins on the trot this weekend
Hawks boss Lee Bradbury. Picture: Habibur Rahman (170972-31)

Bradbury hails his steely Hawks

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In-form Fareham Town travel to Winchester City tomorrow, intent on completing a Wessex League premier division double over the leaders (3pm).

The Reds have won their past five games but know they will have to be at their best to overcome a powerful City outfit for the second time.

‘This is a big game for us,’ said Reds boss Matt Parr.

‘Winchester have a good bud-get, have brought in some quality players and possess a good manager.

‘They will also be keen to take revenge for the defeat we inflicted on them earlier in the season.

‘These are the sort of games we all look forward to.’

Parr has to do without full-back Ollie Warren, who is suffering from ankle ligament problems, and Bryn McKie who has a calf strain.

Fareham warmed up for the game in style with a 5-0 win over Southern League Andover in the Russell-Cotes Cup in midweek.

‘We played some good football and are hopeful we can go to City and get a result,’ said Parr.

Fareham Town: Douglas, Buckland, Cuthbert, Wood, Jones, Boud, Spurway, Kirby, Hayes, Lindsey, Cotton, Thompson, Goldring, Redman, Austin.

Moneyfields boss Miles Rutherford has fired a warning to his players ahead of their visit to strugglers Romsey Town (3pm).

‘We have to learn to play against teams at the bottom,’ said Rutherford.

‘This season we have lost eight times and six of those have been against teams in the bottom half.

‘We have to be set right and be in the correct frame of mind.

‘It is something that we need to address.’

Rutherford is waiting on the fitness of captain Shan Kerridge who has a back problem.

George Gregory (skiing) and Bikram Singh (work) are unavailable.

Moneyfields: Hook, Evans, Horrell, Elias, Wain, Kerridge, Bailey, Rackley, Cuthbert, Blake, Brown, Boyle, Hunt, N’Doye.

Bottom-of-the-league Hayling United are hoping to find a winning formula when they make the trip to Laverstock & Ford.

The key to success will be in defence as the two sides shared the spoils in an eight-goal thriller less than a fortnight ago.

The Humbugs’ hopes have suffered a huge blow with the loss of new central defender Barry Hooper because of a broken elbow.

Tomorrow is a game Hayling need to win if they are to maintain their hopes of making a great escape.

‘Defence has been our problem all season and the loss of Hooper leaves a big hole,’ said manager Lee Paul.

‘Jack Salter-Vaile stepped in last week and did well so we may have found a little diamond.’

Hayling are boosted by the returns of Scott Thornton and Dan Turner.

Hayling: Harrop, Smallbones, Watts, Salter-Vaile, Wells, Martin, Black, Case,

Reay, Burney, Tambling, Clements, Thornton, Turner.