Rix excited by Royals reunited

Simon Woods is back with AFC Portchester. Picture: Malcolm Wells (142128-1948)
Simon Woods is back with AFC Portchester. Picture: Malcolm Wells (142128-1948)
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Simon Woods will aim to fire AFC Portchester to victory in their Wessex League premier division clash with Lymington Town at Wicor Rec tomorrow (3pm).

Woods has returned – after a brief spell with Fareham Town – to renew his partnership up front with Jamie Musselwhite.

‘Simon gives us a bit more impetus up top,’ said Royals boss Graham Rix.

‘Jamie has been scoring goals but now he has someone alongside who can get behind defenders.’

Centre-half Gary Moody is back after injury.

Fareham Town entertain fellow strugglers Andover Town in a basement battle at Cams Alders (3pm).

The Reds have been hit by the loss of Woods and George Colson in the last week.

Colson has returned to the Isle of Wight to play for Newport.

‘It is disappointing to lose the pair but I can understand why they have gone,’ said secretary Paul Proctor.

‘We are actively looking for replacements and have put in a couple of seven-day notices.

‘In the meantime we have got to start grinding out results.’

The Reds hope to have Mark Cotton and Bradey Norton back in contention after injury and illness.

Horndean boss Dave Carter is without six key players for the trip to Folland Sports.

Gavin Spurway and Gary Austin are suspended, while Jack Warren and Lewis Stockford are working.

Nathan Paxton and Nathan Kirby are unavailable.

‘Although we have a big squad, our resources are stretched to the limit,’ said Carter.

‘We have only lost once in our last nine, so there is a good confidence in the team.’

Moneyfields include midfielder Dean Arnold for the visit to Verwood.

Arnold made his return this week after a year out with a knee injury.

‘Dean is a long way from full fitness but he gives us experience in the middle of the park,’ said manager Miles Rutherford.

‘In recent games we have not hit the form we showed earlier in the season.

‘Despite that we have not lost games and that is encouraging.’

n Bognor host Wingate & Finchley in the Ryman League premier division.