Sarisbury in no mood to be neighbourly

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Locks Heath must win their Hampshire League division one derby against Sarisbury Athletic II to keep alive their ambitions of avoiding relegation.

Last weekend’s defeat at the hands of basement club Hayling Island was a massive blow to the Warsash Road outfit’s survival hopes.

Sarisbury, however, are in no mood to be neighbourly.

‘We need to finish the season strongly because we have been far too inconsistent,’ said Athletic captain Jon Floyd.

‘It is a massive game for them but we will be going into it looking to win.

‘We are able to field our strongest team for a while, although a couple of our leading run-scorers remain with the senior team.’

Pete Hammond, who has notched more than 600 runs, and Sam Floyd, who has in excess of 400, are with the first team.

However, Jon Floyd can call upon the services of experienced all-rounder Mark Miller, who has dropped down from the senior side.

He also has opening strike bowler James Ingram and experienced batsman Michael Bond in the side.

Elsewhere, Purbrook captain Martin Lee takes the gloves for his side’s clash with Ryde at Purbrook Heath, after regular wicket-keeper Andy holder broke a finger.

Lee is hoping his team can finish with a flourish and put a dent in the visitors’ promotion hopes.

‘I have a number of regular senior players back in the side,’ said Lee.

‘We are in a comfortable position in the top half of the table, which means we can just go out and enjoy our final games.’

On Sunday, Purbrook take on Denmead in celebration of the first meeting between the two clubs 200 years ago.

The two sides first met on Monday, September 11th, 1815, on Ealwards Plain.

This time the venue is Purbrook Heath.

Fareham & Crofton captain Luke Gould is looking for his side to continue their winning run against Shewton at Bath Lane.

‘We are in a decent run of form and will back ourselves,’ said the Bath Lane skipper.

‘The average age of our team is 20, so we are happy to go out and give it a go.’

Burridge II entertain Ellingham in a mid-table battle.

Meanwhile, Portsmouth & Southsea can boost their chances of a top-four finish by winning at third-placed OT’s & Romsey II.

Hayling Island, who picked up their first win last weekend, face the daunting visit to unbeaten league leaders Fair Oak.