Superb six the aim for Fareham ahead of festive period 

Fareham boss Pete Stiles. Picture: Keith Woodland
Fareham boss Pete Stiles. Picture: Keith Woodland
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Pete Stiles wants Fareham Town to pick up six points ahead of the festive period. 

The Reds host Tadley Calleva in the Wessex League premier division at Cams Alders on Saturday (3pm).

Fareham sit 13th in the table but they’re only five points above the bottom two.

With a busy period approaching, Stiles knows a small cluster of victories can boost his side’s league position.

And the manager feels a win over Tadley can give the Reds impetus going into Christmas.

‘It is all still very tight in our league,’ said Stiles.

‘A few wins or defeats can make a big difference to where you sit in the league.

‘In the next week we have got two league games and a cup tie.

‘I want to go into Christmas with six points and a place in the next round of the Portsmouth Senior Cup.

‘If we can do that then we can have a decent Christmas. Tadley will be tough and they beat us in the first game of the season.

‘They also drew with Sholing in midweek.

‘We will need to remain focused in order to make sure we put more points on the board.’

Stiles is hoping to have Shaun Benjamin and Ed Plackett back in contention.

Gary Austin and Scott Hamilton are unavailable, though, and Ash Tattersall injured.

Meanwhile, Baffins Milton Rovers are hungry to return to action against Shaftesbury at the PMC Stadium.

Steve Leigh's side have not played since their FA Vase win at Bradford Town two weeks ago because of the weather.

Leigh will insist his players get their minds back on league matters as Baffins aim to keep in touch with the top six.

Horndean travel to Christchurch bidding to maintain the pressure on the top-two sides.

Michael Birmingham is looking for another commanding away performance from his young side.

AFC Portchester are keen to return to winning ways on their visit to Team Solent.

Mick Catlin knows a win is necessary to prevent the Royals losing more ground on the leading pack.

In division one, Petersfield Town host promotion-chasing Hythe & Dibden at Love Lane.

Fifth-placed United Services visit Laverstock & Ford.