Barnes: Midfield key to Fareham hopes

Fareham's Ben Hibberd, centre, is outnumbered as he bids to set up a Fareham attack against Havant Picture: Mick Young
Fareham's Ben Hibberd, centre, is outnumbered as he bids to set up a Fareham attack against Havant Picture: Mick Young
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Fareham’s midfield has been challenged to produce greater consistency as they go in search of victory against Cheltenham.

The Henry Cort side travel to Gloucester on Sunday as one of only three teams with an unbeaten record in the National League conference west.

A draw against neighbours Havant last weekend, however, prevented Fareham from going second behind leaders Cardiff.

And performance director Ben Barnes believes improvements in the midfield department are essential if his side are to build on their current mid-table position.

‘We are looking to improve from last week’s draw, however, we know this will be a challenge,’ said Barnes.

‘Our biggest problem at the moment is improving our midfield play.

‘We are turning over the ball too much and losing possession when we shouldn’t be.

‘The players need to tighten up and keep hold of the ball in order to produce the attacking play that we need.

‘Cheltenham play very well when they are at home, so both I and the team know that we will have to improve on these aspects before the fixture.

‘If this happens then we will be looking to take home the three points.

‘This season is a learning process and we all know that winning games is crucial to our final standings.’

Hosts Cheltenham go into the game with their own spirits lifted after securing their first victory of the season last week.

They beat University of Exeter 2-1 after losing their two previous games against Cardiff and Havant.