Hayling hoping for home comforts

Aaron Kinchen will be hoping to inspire a home win for Hayling. Picture: Malcolm Wells (120593-1531)
Aaron Kinchen will be hoping to inspire a home win for Hayling. Picture: Malcolm Wells (120593-1531)
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Hayling are hoping the College Ground will be home, sweet home tomorrow.

The Humbugs host Downton in the Wessex League premier division tomorrow (3pm).

A terrific 3-1 win at Alton in midweek has restored belief they can escape for a second season running.

The victory hauled Hayling off the foot of the table and sparked predictions of a final-day decider.

‘Our last four games are at home and sides don’t like coming to our place,’ said manager Steve Poulton.

‘Our target is to get ourselves into a position where we can overtake New Milton, who we entertain in our final game.

‘On paper Downton is the most difficult of our remaining games but after our midweek win we are confident of getting a win.

‘I believe we can do it but we must achieve back to back wins which is something we haven’t managed yet this season.’

Hayling United: Patilla, Watts, Baker, Thornton, Gadd, Tigwell, Black, Salter-Vaile, Kinchen, Easton, Burney, Fisher, Wilson, Vassallo, Kendall

n Horndean boss Dave Carter believes his side can cause an upset at second-placed Bemerton Heath Harlequins (3pm).

Recent wins have edged the Deans clear of the drop zone and Carter is now eyeing mid-table.

‘I am looking for a positive finish and there is no reason why we can’t reach up to mid-table,’ said the boss.

‘There are no easy games, though.’

Midfielder Aaron Fennemore is suspended.

Horndean: Howard, Perkins, Stone, Shepherd, Chapman, McKie, Warren, Hayes, Austin, Fenelon, Paxton, Spurway, Miroy, May, Carter, Farrugia