Fareham’s attacking intent is Parr for the course

Sam Knight, left, celebrates one of his debut goals. Picture: Allan Hutchings (132138-629)
Sam Knight, left, celebrates one of his debut goals. Picture: Allan Hutchings (132138-629)
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Matt Parr lauded the impact of Sam Knight in his Fareham Town bow.

And the Reds boss is confident the ex-Alton Town striker will help draw the crowds to Cams Alders this season.

Fareham will tonight welcome Hamworthy United in their second Wessex League premier division game of the campaign (7.45pm).

Having defeated Bemerton Heath Harlequins on Saturday, confidence is high at the club.

Knight grabbed both goals in the 2-1 victory – after Parr had made the hitman his prime target during the summer.

And while the boss admitted his surprise at the speed with which his new-look squad have gelled, he is now aiming to continue the flying start.

Matt Jones, Ian Humble, Gary Austin and Robbie Pittman are all back in the frame for the Reds, too.

That means a selection headache for Parr – not that he is complaining.

‘I was surprised with the quality of our performance on Saturday,’ he admitted.

‘We had a lot of new players in the team but they gelled extremely well.

‘Sam showed great alertness when finishing for his two goals.

‘And that demonstrated why he was our number-one summer target.

‘We like to play an attacking style of football.

‘We hope that will attract a good turn out from the local supporters.’

Elsewhere in the Wessex League premier division, AFC Portchester welcome Verwood Town to the Wicor Recreation Ground.

And they are hoping for a immediate response after a 2-0 league cup loss at the hands of Folland Sports.

Portchester director of football, Mick Jenkins, said: ‘We were disappointed with the defeat but there were a lot of positives to take from the game.

‘The team’s confidence has not been damaged and we are hoping to get three points tonight to kick-start our season.’

Liam Horsted and Louie Castles are back in contention for AFC Portchester’s first league game.

Meanwhile, Bradey Norton also returns to the squad.

Moneyfields will be hoping to build on their opening-day draw at Winchester City.

They play Lymington Town at Dover Road.

Moneys boss Miles Rutherford, has no selection worries as Bobby Scott is back from suspension and James Ford is also available.

The only other change to the squad is the introduction of Scott Cameron, who is set to start in goal.

Rutherford was pleased with the performance at Winchester City, who dropped down from the Southern League last term.

‘I felt we deserved the point as we worked hard and limited a good side to very few chances,’ he said.

Horndean United are again faced with a difficult away game as the travel to play Downton.

They will be hoping for a better showing than on Saturday, when they suffered a 3-0 defeat at Whitchurch United.