Fareham face defending champions and derby rivals in double-header

Fareham performance director Ben Barnes. Picture: Mick Young

Fareham performance director Ben Barnes. Picture: Mick Young

Scott Rawlings helping Fareham to a vital win. Picture: Habibur Rahman

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Fareham are looking for a more complete performance ahead of back-to-back home matches this weekend.

Ben Barnes’ side lost 5-1 at Indian Gymkhana last Sunday in National League conference west and now take on last year’s champions Bath Buccaneers tomorrow (1.30pm).

Both teams will be looking for their first win of the season and have just one point from their opening two matches.

Fareham’s performance director, Barnes, said: ‘Discipline and patience are key this weekend.

‘Our first-half performance against Indian Gymkhana was very good but we lost our way in the second half.

‘Our second half against Isca was very good, so if we can put two good halves together tomorrow, I am sure we can get a result against Bath.’

Fareham then take on league rivals Chichester Priory Park in the first round of the England Hockey Cup at Henry Cort on Sunday (1.30pm).

Chichester have just been promoted into Fareham’s division.

‘The derby in the cup will be a chance to give the deeper squad an opportunity to impress as we will rest some players and a few have work commitments, too,’ added Barnes.

Fareham Ladies are at home to Guildford in South Clubs’ Women’s League division three B tomorrow (11.30am).

Meanwhile, Havant open their season with an England Hockey Cup first round match against Oxted.

The match starts at 2pm at Havant College on Sunday.

Havant Ladies are hoping to bounce back from an opening defeat in South Clubs’ Women’s League division one when they host Surbiton II tomorrow (11.45am).

Mark Robinson’s side lost 7-2 at Tulse Hill & Dulwich last weekend.

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