Derby can lift Reds... Deans ready... Moneys target top spot... Petersfield eye cup joy

Matt Parr. Picture: Malcolm Wells
Matt Parr. Picture: Malcolm Wells
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Matt Parr is hoping the intense atmosphere of a derby clash will lift Fareham Town as they go for Wessex League premier division survival.

The Reds travel to rivals Horndean for what promises to be a lively encounter tonight (7.45pm).

A win would see Fareham climb out of the bottom two if they can bank three points.

‘A derby where we have to show passion and fight could be just what we need,’ said Parr.

‘I can’t fault the effort and commitment our players are putting in.

‘Their work-rate has been tremendous and they have shown they are up for the fight.

‘At times the players have run themselves into the ground but we have lacked a little bit of quality in the final third.

‘Every point is priceless now and we are confident we can get what we need to stay up.’

Parr is boosted by the return of first-choice goalkeeper Luke Douglas after his recovery from a thigh problem.

Central defender Charlie Bailey is expected to start.

Horndean manager Dave Carter is predicting a hard fought clash.

He said: ‘We know the situation Fareham are in and they will battle for everything.

‘It is important we match their effort and endeavour.’

The home side are without Gavin Spurway who is suspended and Robbie Pittman who is unavailable.

Carter, however, hopes to have Dan Hayes, Dan Eyres and Jack Warren back.

Moneyfields will return to the top of the league if they win at basement side Totton & Eling (7.45pm).

James Lacey, Connor Bailey and Jake Morgan are in the squad.

Moneys boss Miles Rutherford believes Petersfield are title favourites.

He said: ‘Petersfield have four games in hand on us and it is their title to lose.

‘Our aim is to keep going and win as many games as we can.’

Title-chasers Petersfield Town are aiming to reach a second successive league cup final.

They take on Bemerton Heath Harlequins at Love Lane (7.45pm).