Fareham Town boss Matt Parr believes his side can put their FA Vase disappointment behind them when they travel to face in-form Romsey Town tomorrow (3pm).
The Reds crashed out of the Vase with a comprehensive 3-0 defeat at Downton last weekend.
However, Parr was buoyed by his team’s response on Tuesday – when a young side battled to a 3-2 extra-time victory over Winchester Castle in the Russel-Cotes Cup.
That result helped boost the confidence of Fareham’s young guns and, while many of them will continue to push for a regular first-team place through the youth and reserves, Parr is mindful that experience is essential for the immediate future.
As a result, the Reds welcome back a host of senior players from injury for tomorrow’s Wessex League clash at the Bypass Ground.
‘I can’t fault the young lads,’ said Parr.
‘With 14 players on the injury list, we were left with nothing short of a youth team to play at Downton and they were too good for us on the day.
‘But they did show that, with a bit more experience, they will be able to step up in the future.
‘And they passed the test in midweek by slogging it out with Winchester Castle in extra-time to take the club into the next round of the Russel-Cotes Cup.
‘It was a very young side out there.
‘And they did very well under the circumstances, particularly as some of the lads were barely 16 years old.
‘To take us into the next round of the competition was some feat in itself.’
He added: ‘With far more senior players now available, our plan is to get our league season back on track as well and hopefully do well at Romsey.’
Fareham: Douglas, Warren, Wall, Doswell, Jones, Boud, Cuthbert, Stevens, Pitman, Tattershall, Tambling, Kirby, Mick Dark, Redman, Cammack, Shaun Dark
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