Hayling bid to prevail in battle of in-form strugglers

Gary Luff, right, is out injured for Hayling
Gary Luff, right, is out injured for Hayling
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Hayling United can continue their climb away from the Wessex premier relegation zone by beating fellow strugglers New Milton Town at Hayling College tonight (7.45pm).

The Humbugs gave themselves a big confidence boost with an emphatic 3-0 win over Alton on Saturday and manager Steve Poulton wants more of the same.

Tonight’s visitors also had a thumping 5-0 win over basement side Romsey at the weekend so a tight encounter looks on the cards.

‘We are hoping to get on a bit of a roll,’ said Humbugs manager Steve Poulton.

‘There are no easy games but this is one where we would hope to target three points. Beating Alton was a big win for us, although we didn’t play particularly well.

‘Sometimes its the points and not the manner you get them that’s important.

‘We’ve got a decent side, though, and it will be down to us and the way we approach the game.’

Striker Lenny Burney is serving a long-term suspension, while Gary Luff and Pete Murphy are still out injured.

In-form Fareham Town will look to keep their winning run up as they visit Verwood Town in the New Forest (7.45pm).

‘We have come through some difficult games and the players have a bit of belief about them,’ said Reds manager Matt Parr.

‘Verwood are a hard-working side so we will have to match their work-rate and enthusiasm.’

Defender Sam Doswell returns to the squad after a spell out with ankle problems.

Wessex division one Petersfield Town are hoping to spring a surprise on their premier division hosts Horndean in the Portsmouth Senior Cup at Five Heads Park (7.45pm).

Under boss Ian Saunders, Petersfield are pushing for promotion but are missing a number of experienced players.

Bognor bid to end a mini-goal drought when they host Harrow in the Ryman premier at Nyewood Lane.

Strikers Ashley Robinson and Steve Harper are both pushing for their first starts after spells out injured, as the Rocks look for their first goal after two successive 0-0 draws in the past week.