Fareham going for Hampshire Cup glory

John Grice. ''Picture: Sarah Standing
John Grice. ''Picture: Sarah Standing
fareham's James Evans, right. Picture: Habibur Rahman

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Fareham’s performance director Ben Barnes wants to finish the season with Hampshire Cup glory.

The National League conference west side travel to Basingstoke in the quarter-finals of the competition tomorrow (10am).

Fareham are close to full-strength and will be going all out to win the county cup and end the season with a flourish.

Barnes said: ‘We’re looking forward to the Hampshire Cup.

‘The squad trained really well on Wednesday and there was a real appetite to train, with the right intensity and a high quality, too.

‘We are looking to finish the season on a high and the Hampshire Cup is a real target for us after a successful league campaign.

‘We are nearly at full-strength, with only Daniel Sampey, Chris Boyland and John Grice not available for Saturday.’

The winner will play either Trojans or Hamble in the semi-final at 3pm.

Meanwhile, Havant are also in quarter-final action when they take on Wimborne Wayfarers at Southampton Sports Centre (12.30pm).

They will be missing several first-team players, though, because of Jonathan Pickett’s stag do.

Elsewhere, Fareham under-16s take on Havant in the semi-final of the Hampshire Cup on Sunday.

Fareham under-14s are through to the last 32 of the national under-14 championship and are in a play-off with Oxford, Bournemouth, and Cheltenham at Henry Cort School on Sunday.

The winning team will go through to the last eight of the competition on May 9 at the Olympic Park, London, 
for the national final play-offs.

Fareham under-14s coach Derek Bradbury said: ‘I believe we have as good a chance as anyone if we can play to our potential, although whatever the result it will be a great learning experience for all of us.

‘Ultimately, it will come down to which group of talented young players consistently perform on the day and cope under the pressure of securing a place in the national finals.’