‘Tough time’ for Humbugs

Horndean manager Dave Carter. Picture: Paul Jacobs (123433-8)
Horndean manager Dave Carter. Picture: Paul Jacobs (123433-8)
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Hayling United are down to the bare bones as they host Fawley at the College Ground in the Wessex League premier division tomorrow (3pm).

The Humbugs are missing seven first-team players due to injury and suspension.

‘We are having a real tough time at the moment,’ said assistant manager Mark Tigwell.

‘The lads who have come in have done well but our resources are being stretched to their limit.

‘It is a struggle to get 11 players out on the park and we don’t have the budget to bring others in.’

Ryan Gadd, Gary Luff, Pete Murphy and Aron Kinchen are all long-term absentees and influential forward Mike Turvey is out with hamstring problems. Lee Tigwell remains suspended.

Horndean boss Dave Carter intends to box clever in the next fortnight – starting against high-flying Alresford at Five Heads Park (3pm).

The home side, who still have 15 games left this season, play four times in the next eight days.

‘There is no way our best 11 players can play in all of them,’ said Carter.

‘We will target certain players for certain games and it will be a case of all hands to the pump.’

Louis Savage and Jack Stansbridge are on holiday and Kev Chatfield is ruled out with a broken toe.

Fareham Town boss Matt Parr wants a reaction from his players as they journey to Romsey Town (3pm).

The Reds suffered a surprise home defeat against Lymington in midweek.

‘That was probably the worst performance in four years,’ said Parr.

‘I will be bringing some reserve players in to freshen it up a bit.’

AFC Portchester take on Verwood at Wicor Mill (3pm).

Leading goalscorer Simon Woods added to his tally in the 2-1 defeat to Totton & Eling on Wednesday night – but he is set for his Bognor debut tomorrow.

Moneyfields travel to Alton Town with manager Miles Rutherford insisting they can’t slacken off.

‘We have to try to keep the momentum going and pick up as many points as we can between now and the end of the season,’ said Rutherford.