Stone wants improvement on weekend ‘shambles’

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Manager Steve Stone is keen to see Fareham Town halt their slide down the Wessex premier league table.

The Reds visit Folland Sports tonight looking to halt a run of three successive defeats (7.45pm).

Stone is demanding a big improvement following his side’s disappointing 3-1 defeat at Cowes Sports.

‘After the shambles of our last game this is a big match for us,’ said Stone.

‘Some of the players saw the trip to Cowes as a bit of a day out with a few beers on the way back.

‘We were poor and never really got going at all.

‘By the time we did finally get going it was far too late.

‘It is important that we don’t let the run of games without a win build up.

‘It was this time last season that Fareham lost nine games in succession and ended up in a relegation battle.

‘I don’t want the stress of that again this season.’

Life is made increasingly difficult for Stone by the absence of his three Hawks loanee players.

The youngsters have been recalled to the Hawks squad for their Portsmouth Senior Cup tie at US Portsmouth.

Stone was also hoping to include the experienced figure of Wayne Boud, who has returned from Romsey Town. His plans have been dashed, however, by Boud serving a three-match suspension.

‘Fate seems to be conspiring against us at the moment,’ added Stone.

‘The kids who have come in have done well but we need a bit more of an adult presence alongside them.

‘I have also signed Gary Austin from Horndean but he is injured.

‘It leaves me having to rummage around again to see who is around to play.

‘We are six points ahead of where we were at this time last season and must look to build on that.

‘Three of our next four games are against teams who we need to pick up points against.’

Craig Pearce is hoping for a first win in charge as Horndean host East Cowes Vics in the Hampshire Senior Cup at Five Heads Park.

‘I can’t fault the effort and commitment of the players and we do hope to have a few players returning to action,’ said Pearce.

Lee Tigwell and Harry Potter are expected to return.