Senior Cup final place at stake

Wayne Boud returns for Fareham after injury

Wayne Boud returns for Fareham after injury

Moneyfields beat Newport IW 1-0 to finish top of the Wessex League premier division. Picture: Keith Woodland. 170532

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Fareham Town and Moneyfields go head to head at Cams Alders tonight (7.45pm) with a place in the Portsmouth Senior Cup final at stake.

The Reds exited the Russell-Cotes Cup on Monday night at the hands of Totton & Eling and are determined to make amends.

But both teams view the competition as the last chance to end the season with a trophy.

‘It was disappointing to lose to a last-minute goal on Monday and we don’t want to exit two cup competitions in a week,’ said acting Reds manager Micky Cripps.

‘Any cup semi-final is an occasion but, because all the players at our two clubs know each other, it will give it that extra bit of spice.

‘We are playing well at the moment, even though we are having to change the team around because of the number of games we have had to play.’

The home side have a full-squad to choose from, with Luke Douglas, Matt Jones and Wayne Boud all returning from injury.

Moneyfields head into the tie full of confidence, with four straight wins under their belt.

Manager Miles Rutherford, though, is expecting a close game.

‘These local derbies against Fareham are always tight, interesting games,’ said Rutherford.

‘They are usually a battle and I don’t expect this one to be any different.

‘Lately, we have been getting results without being at our best but it’s been like that all season.

‘We have only played to our true potential in about five or six games this season but have dug in and got results.

‘At other times we have had poor results against some of the lower teams in our league.’

The visitors are without Michael Brown who is away and Fraser Quirke who has a pulled muscle.

Shaun Kerridge and Russell Rackley return from injury to bring their experience to the side.

Fareham Town: Douglas, Buckland, Warren, Jones, Wood, Cuthbert, Boud, Kirby, Hayes, Spurway, Cotton, Lindsey, Thompson, Redman, Dark, McKie, Spears.

Moneyfields: Hook, Evans, Horrell, Kerridge, Bailey, Blake, Gauntlett, Rackley, Hore, Singh, Hunt, Kendall, Needham, Page.

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