Differing fortunes for duo ahead of derby

Striker Steve Hutchings is suspended for Moneyfields this weekend
Striker Steve Hutchings is suspended for Moneyfields this weekend
Wes Fogden drew a good save from the Hampton & Richmond keeper in a rare attempt on goal. Picture: Duncan Shepherd

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Struggling Hayling United host surprise-package Fareham Town in an intriguing Wessex premier division derby at Hayling College (3pm).

The Humbugs, who avoided relegation on the final day of last season, have started poorly again, picking up just one win from their first seven games.

Manager Lee Paul fears he could find himself in another relegation dogfight if his men don’t improve.

After an encouraging 0-0 draw at Lymington Town last weekend, Hayling suffered a disappointing 3-1 midweek defeat at Fawley.

Fareham were expected to struggle this season after suffering an exodus of players in the summer, but Matt Parr’s rebuilding programme has come up trumps so far.

The Reds are in the top six and roared to a thumping 6-2 win at Totton & Eling last week, with hat-tricks from Wayne Boud and Robbie Tambling.

Parr will fancy his side’s chances of extending their winning run at the expense of the Humbugs.

Moneyfields are without fiery striker Steve Hutchings as they take on miserly Bournemouth Poppies at Dover Road.

The visitors have conceded only eight goals in nine league games so far this season.

Hutchings is serving a one-match ban and faces a further spell on the sidelines after getting himself sent off against Brading in midweek.

The young striker picked up two bookings in as many minutes late in the game to get his marching orders.

After making a good start to the campaign, the Copnor club have seen their confidence rocked by a string of defeats – and manager Miles Rutherford admits they need a win. ‘We have to score first and get our noses in front to get some of our confidence back,’ said Rutherford.

‘It won’t be easy against Bournemouth and Steve Hutchings will be a big miss.

‘I don’t know what’s happened to him lately because suddenly he has lost his cool.

‘Two bookings in four minutes was totally unacceptable and he knows that.

‘It is something he has to curb but only he can do that.’

Moneyfields: Hook, Evans, Bailey, Lee, Rackley, Gauntlett, Savage, M Birmingham, Slater, D Birmingham, Wain, N’Doye, Blake, Gee.

Horndean will expect to bounce back from last week’s poor 3-0 defeat at Hamworthy when they entertain rock-bottom New Milton Town at Five Heads Park.

‘Three points are a must for us,’ said Horndean manager Dave Carter.

‘New Milton might be bottom but it won’t be easy because they have a new manager come in.’

Horndean have Dan Smith and Dan Hayes out, while Nathan Paxton and Bryn McKie are doubts.

Louis Bell, Neil Perkins and Kev Chatfield all return.

Horndean: Howard, Chatfield, Chapman, Shepherd, Taylor, Fennemore, Warren, Sharp, Austin, Spicer, McKie, Perkins, Gadd, Blackmore, Farrugia, Newby.