Fareham pleased to be in recovery mode… Baffins take positives

Shawn Benjamin is in the mix as Fareham Town are looking stronger again with players coming back into the team. Picture: Keith Woodland
Shawn Benjamin is in the mix as Fareham Town are looking stronger again with players coming back into the team. Picture: Keith Woodland

Pete Stiles wants Fareham Town to continue their recovery as they welcome Christchurch to Cams Alders for a Wessex League premier division match on Saturday (3pm).

The Reds manager believes there is finally some light at the end of the tunnel after a difficult month.

He was delighted with the 2-1 midweek win at Brockenhurst.

Now some more players are set to return.

He said: ‘We are finally getting a number of players back from suspension, injuries and unavailability after a rough few weeks.

‘Even at Brockenhurst we were still down to the barebones.

‘But we had a game plan and the players executed it well to earn the three points.

‘With players coming back I now have a different headache of who to leave out.

‘One good thing has been the way a couple of players have come in and taken their opportunity.

‘The league is so tight that a couple of good results could easily take us back into the top eight.’

Stiles expects to have Ed Plackett, Lewis Plackett, Garry Moody, Tom Froggatt and Shawn Benjamin back in contention.

Steve Leigh is looking for Baffins Milton Rovers to maintain their level of performance against Bashley at the PMC Stadium on Saturday (3pm).

Though his side lost to Moneyfields in the Portsmouth Senior Cup he was pleased with their display.

He said: ‘I was immensely proud of my players because I thought we were the better side.

‘We looked to get the ball down and play from the first minute to the last.

‘At times the one and two touch football was the best I have seen for some time.

‘We made a team that are currently near the top of the Southern League division one look very ordinary.

‘Though we dominated possession for long periods, however, they scored the only goal.'

AFC Portchester need to beat Lymington Town at the Crest Finance Stadium on Saturday (3pm).

If they are to maintain the pressure on the top three.

Michael Birmingham is under no illusions as to the size of the task facing Horndean at Sholing (3pm).

The league leaders have got 13 wins out of 13.

In division one United Services Portsmouth take on East Cowes Vics at the Victory Stadium (3pm).

Petersfield Town go to Romsey Town (3pm).