Brotherly love put to the test

Moneyfields' Michael Birmingham is hoping to get one over his brother, Dave. Picture: Mick Young (122160-15)
Moneyfields' Michael Birmingham is hoping to get one over his brother, Dave. Picture: Mick Young (122160-15)
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Brotherly love will be put to the test as Fareham Town host Moneyfields in a mouthwatering Wessex League premier division derby at Cams Alders tonight (7.45pm).

The visitors will have Michael Birmingham in their ranks – and he could find himself going head to head with brother Dave, who wears the red of Fareham.

‘They are both pretty vocal characters with a lot to say for each other,’ said Reds manager Matt Parr.

‘It is bound to be a competitive affair with a bit of an edge to it.’

And just to add extra spice, both teams are keen to get back on track after suffering their first defeats of the new season.

‘We will be right up for this one after losing against Hayling on Friday,’ said Parr.

‘It was a strange game that could have ended six-all.

‘Unfortunately, we took our foot off the gas and failed to take our chances.

‘There is a need to get the intensity and drive back into our game.

‘We were guilty of underestimating Hayling but certainly won’t do that against Moneyfields.

‘Both teams like to play football and have ambitions to finish in the top three.’

The home side have Wayne Boud back in contention but, otherwise, name an unchanged squad.

Moneyfields manager Miles Rutherford felt his team produced their best football despite suffering a 2-1 home defeat by GE Hamble over the weekend.

‘We were gutted to lose,’ said the Moneys boss.

‘Tonight we will have to make sure we match their work-rate and then hopefully a bit of quality will come through.’

Rutherford names an unchanged squad.

Elsewhere, AFC Portchester are hoping the return of first-choice goalkeeper Jason Plomer against Alton Town will help stem the flood of goals.

Glenn Bridgman’s side have suffered two consecutive six-goal defeats.

Hayling United travel to Bournemouth buoyed by their league cup success at Fareham.