Moneys won't be left Shortt by keeper clowning around
Dave Carter is looking for a little bit of magic from Moneyfields in their Wessex League premier division contest at Verwood Town tomorrow (3pm).
The visitors are without goalkeeper Matt Shortt who is unavailable.
Carter said: ‘Our goalkeeper is away auditioning for Britain’s Got Talent.
‘Apparently he is doing magic tricks dressed as a clown.
‘We can bring Derek Harding in to take his place.’
Moneyfields have opened up a six-point lead at the top of the league and Carter is keen to see them at least maintain that.
He has been boosted by the return of striker Steve Hutchings who scored twice on his return from suspension.
Hutchings has a poor disciplinary record but Carter insists he is working hard to change that.
‘Having him in our side makes a huge difference,’ said Carter.
‘He wants to help us win the league and he knows he can’t do that on the sidelines.
‘Being bigger and stronger than everyone else in our league sometimes means he gets punished for it.
‘Defenders don’t like playing against him and do everything they can to get him booked or sent off.
‘He is aware of that and is working hard to deal with it.’
Horndean are relishing the chance of taking another major scalp as Portland United visit Five Heads Park.
Michael Birmingham’s side roared to a confident 3-1 win over Sholing and now have the third-placed Dorset side in their sights.
Birmingham, however, was disappointed by his side’s Portsmouth Senior Cup exit in midweek – a 3-1 loss at the hands of Wessex League division one Baffins Milton Rovers.
He said: ‘Against Baffins we dominated the game between both boxes but were rubbish at both ends of the pitch.
‘Portland will be tough because they are a powerful strong outfit.
‘We will win or lose though by playing our football.
‘We don’t have the money other clubs have but the next generation of youngsters coming to us will know they will be well taught.’
AFC Portchester are desperate to get back on the winning track against Bashley at the Blanchard Wells Stadium (3pm).
Manager Graham Rix is looking for them to make amends after being held to a 1-1 draw by basement club Verwood Town.
Fareham Town are looking to end their four-game losing run in the league against Bournemouth at Cams Alders.