Fareham can stun classy Sholing

Matt Parr
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Fareham Town manager Matt Parr is relishing the chance to cause an upset at unbeaten Sholing in the Wessex League premier division tonight (7.45pm).

The Reds boss believes his team are capable of surprising their hosts but admits they will have to be at their best.

‘Sholing on paper are clearly the best team in our league,’ said Parr.

‘They are the favourites to take the title after finishing sixth in the Southern League south & west last season.

‘The only reason they are playing at this level is because they took voluntary relegation.

‘Their team has been together for a while now and will be a tough nut to crack.

‘But we are playing well and can go there with nothing to fear.

‘We will certainly be going there to try to win the game and not just avoid defeat.’

Parr has a fully-fit squad to choose from.

AFC Portchester will start as firm favourites against lowly Downton at Wicor Mill tomorrow (3pm).

The home side have lost only once in 12 league games and are intent on challenging for the title.

‘Form and results would suggest a win but it will be all about how we approach it,’ said Portchester director of football Mick Jenkins.

Luke Hutchings continues in goal in place of the injured John Webb.

But the club are still awaiting international clearance for new signing Tom Settle, who has been playing in America.

Horndean go to Lymington Town looking to improve their defending (3pm).

Dave Carter’s side have conceded eight goals in their past two games.

‘We have been leaking silly goals late on in games after getting in front,’ said Carter.

‘It doesn’t help when you have to keep replacing players because of injury.’

Horndean will be without Alex Miroy but may be boosted by the return of striker Nathan Paxton, who has missed two months due to a knee injury.

Moneyfields host Hamworthy United at Dover Road (3pm).

They will be boosted by their 1-0 win against Christchurch in the FA Vase on Wednesday night.