Horndean manager Dave Carter is relishing returning to action with a Wessex League premier division derby against AFC Portchester at Five Heads Park tomorrow (3pm).
Carter’s team have not played for a month but managed a training game in midweek.
‘We can’t wait to get playing again – particularly against AFC Portchester,’ said Carter.
‘I regard them as the Manchester City of the Wessex League, spending the money.
‘Our biggest problem is getting a consistent selection on the pitch week after week.
‘On our day, though, we can be a match for anyone in our league.
‘We won’t fear them, though, because we gave them a good game at their place, before suffering a 1-0 defeat.’
Carter is hoping central defender Tom Chapman can shake off a knee problem to be available for selection.
Horndean have also been boosted by the return of powerhouse striker Torr Spicer who had been taking a break from football.
AFC Portchester showed they are in good shape heading into the game with a 2-0 win at Lymington Town in midweek.
In-form striker Nathan Lynch grabbed both goals, taking his tally to five in two games since his arrival from Blackfield & Langley.
‘They were two very well-taken finishes,’ said director of football Mick Jenkins.
‘It wasn’t just his goals, though, and his all-round contribution was impressive.
‘From our point of view, it was nice to get playing again after five weeks without any games.
‘It took us a while to blow away the cobwebs but once we settled down we ran out comfortable winners.’
Fareham Town face reigning champions Blackfield & Langley at Cams Alders (3pm).
‘It is a big game for us against a team at the top,’ said Reds manager Matt Parr.
‘We played well against them earlier in the season, before losing 2-0.
‘At the moment we are on a good run and will look to keep that going.’
Moneyfields are hoping to end their long lay-off with a trip to Dorset side Hamworthy United.
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