Fareham set for health check before cup derby

Fareham Town manager Matt Parr. Picture: Paul Jacobs (123433-2)
Fareham Town manager Matt Parr. Picture: Paul Jacobs (123433-2)
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Fareham Town are battling a flu virus ahead of tonight’s Russell-Cotes Cup derby with Moneyfields at Cams Alder (7.45pm).

Manager Matt Parr and five of his senior players have already been struck down by the illness.

They all missed the 2-2 draw at Hamworthy United on Saturday.

And Parr is now waiting to check on the health of his players ahead of tonight’s tie.

Eighteen-year-old striker Sammy Keswick will definitely be involved, though, after impressing in the reserves.

Parr said: ‘I’m waiting to see how many bodies we have got.

‘We always planned to use the game to see how some of the reserve and youth players would stand up to it.

‘Moneyfields have got the better of us in recent years and they are usually good games of football.’

The visitors also intend to include some promising youngsters in their squad.

‘Central midfielder Jake Raine will definitely start for us,’ said Moneys boss Miles Rutherford.

‘He’s only 17 and looks a very promising player.’

Sam Cowie and Tyler Gibbon will also be involved.