Royals keen to keep proud home record

Craig Hardy, left, is one of three key players who are due to return for AFC Portchester tomorrow Picture: Neil Marshall
Craig Hardy, left, is one of three key players who are due to return for AFC Portchester tomorrow Picture: Neil Marshall
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AFC Portchester defend their unbeaten home record in the Wessex League premier division against Lymington Town at Wicor Rec (3pm).

The home side are boosted by the return of three key players from suspension.

Craig Hardy, Joe Noakes and Joe Bye expect to be back but Rob Evans is still ruled out due to a suspension.

Manager Graham Rix is looking for his team to continue their winning run, though predicts it won’t be an easy game.

‘Lymington always give us a good game and are lively up front,’ said the manager.

‘We must look to start well and go from there.

‘It will be stressed to the players beforehand that they are capable of putting together a long winning run.’

Fareham Town face a daunting trip to league leaders Salisbury FC.

Reds manager Steve Stone has had his preparations disrupted badly by the weather, with his team not playing for a month.

‘The last month has been unbelievable and we have hardly been able to train, either,’ said Stone.

‘All we have been able to do is some classroom work.

‘The players have kept turning up and have applied themselves.

‘However, it won’t be easy to take on the leaders after going so long without a game.’

Stone is boosted by the news that striker Ash Tattersall could be fit to play some part in the game.

Moneyfields manager Dave Carter takes his improving Moneyfields squad to Bournemouth Poppies.

Carter is defending his unbeaten record in the league this season at Horndean and the Dover Road club.

The visitors have central-defender Jack Lee back in contention following an 11-week break due to an ankle injury.

‘It is good to have Jack Lee back because it is an area where we felt short of cover,’ said Carter.

‘We are finally getting to the stage where I feel I have got a good nucleus of 16 to 18 players who are good enough for what we want.

‘With the pace we have up front we should be able to cause Bournemouth a few problems.’

Second-placed Horndean entertain Whitchurch United at Five Heads Park (3pm).