Cagey derby contest likely ahead of quick return

Gary Austin is back for Fareham
Gary Austin is back for Fareham
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Shaun Coles is expecting a cagey affair as Fareham tackle Moneyfields in tonight’s Russell-Cotes Cup tie at Dover Road (7.45pm).

The teams also meet just four days later in a crucial Wessex League premier division clash.

The game has been switched to Dover Road after a couple of postponements at Cams Alders.

‘I think both teams will be approaching this game tactically, with one eye on the weekend,’ said Coles, who is standing in for boss Matt Parr at Fareham.

‘Neither side will confess to fielding their strongest line-ups.

‘We have a couple of players coming back from suspension and they will come straight back in because they haven’t had a lot of football.

‘That was evident against Hayling in our last game when both teams looked rusty.’

Danny Thompson and Gary Austin return to the squad after suspension.

Coles has stepped up from his assistant manager role with Parr in Australia until the end of the month.

He has deputised for Parr before, so it is not a completely new experience and he believes Fareham are building well for the future.

‘We have a lot of youngsters in our squad and that bodes well,’ said Coles.

‘It is the way to go because we don’t have a massive budget.

‘They have done well this season and we are pleased with the progress.

‘We have picked up some good results, beating top sides like Downton and Christchurch.’

Moneyfields are looking to get back to winning ways after losing 2-0 at Newport IOW in the league.

Manager Miles Rutherford faces a busy week, with his team also in Portsmouth Senior Cup action on Thursday night.

‘I am going to mix the teams up for the midweek games,’ said Rutherford.

‘We came up short again against Newport and have not played well all season.

‘It has been a great disappointment to me as I expected more this year.

‘We have lacked a bit of desire at times.’