Deans aim to step up title push... Reds hope for a miracle... Royals in hgood shape

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Horndean are hoping to beat the bad weather and stage their top-of-the-table clash against Salisbury at Five Heads Park (7.45pm).

Both teams are level on points in the Wessex League premier division, with the visitors heading the standings thanks to a better goal difference.

The game will also see two of the top three Wessex premier goalscorers – Salisbury’s Sam Wilson, with 17 goals to his name, and Horndean’s Robbie Tambling, with 13 goals, go head to head.

The hosts head into the game on a six-match winning run but Deans manager Craig Pearce knows this is their biggest test yet.

Fareham Town manager Steve Stone reckons a miracle is needed for their game against Bournemouth at Cams Alders to go ahead (7.45pm).

A drainage problem in one corner of the pitch means the Reds have not hosted a home game since the end of October.

The Reds boss is still able to see the funny side, though.

‘Our last game was so long ago the DVD is in black and white,’ joked Stone.

‘The players have been very good under the circumstances.

‘Our motto is we are doing our best with what we have got.

‘We have lost Havant goalkeeper Charlie Searle who has gone to Salisbury.

‘I can’t blame him because we have not been able to provide him with regular games or training.

‘That is a problem we have to face because our players are not being paid.

‘We need to start playing games as soon as possible.’

AFC Portchester travel away to face Newport IW.

The third-placed Royals are in good shape ahead of the trip to the Isle of Wight.

‘All our players are able to make it so we are going there with a strong squad,’ said Royals boss Graham Rix.

‘We haven’t played for a couple of weeks so we have to make sure we are ready.’

Moneyfields host Hampshire Premier League side Otterbourne in the Russell Cotes Cup at Dover Road (7.45pm).

Moneys boss Dave Carter said: ‘We intend to use this game as part of our preparations for our big FA Vase tie at the weekend.’