Deans keep fingers crossed for Boyle

Horndean boss Dave Carter
Horndean boss Dave Carter
Fareham will be up for taking on Horndean. Picture: Duncan Shepherd

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Horndean are hoping new goalkeeper Tom Boyle can finally make his debut in their Wessex League premier division derby against Fareham Town at Cams Alders (3pm).

Boyle signed from Guildford two weeks ago but the weather has delayed his first start for his new club.

‘The lad is desperate to get involved,’ said Horndean manager Dave Carter.

‘Goalkeeper has been a problem position for us in the last year and hopefully he can end that.

‘We have been jinxed in this position.

‘Derek Harding broke his leg last season and Jack Stanbridge more recently broke a finger.

‘We were able to take Hawks keeper Charlie Searle on loan but he has now gone back.’

The visitors also introduce new striker Jim O’Byrne into their squad.

The 23-year-old has scored 19 goals in 18 games in parks football and is now looking to make the step up.

Dan Martin and George Way are also available again to bolster the midfield.

Fareham will be hoping for better luck after travelling all the way to Lymington in midweek, only to find the game postponed.

AFC Portchester will fancy their chances of adding to their goal tally when they host basement-club Romsey Town at Wicor Mill (3pm).

The visitors have conceded 82 goals this season and the potent home strike force will be confident of adding to their misery.

Royals coach Louis Bell, however, has warned his team they cannot afford to be complacent.

‘We won’t take anything for granted because Romsey will battle and try to make it difficult for us,’ he said.

‘It will be important to match their work ethic.

‘I just hope the weather improves because all the rain is depressing.’

The home side are without striker Jamie Musselwhite, who has an ankle problem, but hope to give a league debut to Jake Thomson.

Moneyfields are still without suspended strikers Warren Hunt and Steve Hutchings for their trip to Brockenhurst (3pm).