Horndean boss points to need for victories

Horndean manager Dave Carter. Picture: Paul Jacobs (123433-8)
Horndean manager Dave Carter. Picture: Paul Jacobs (123433-8)
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Horndean manager Dave Carter insists his side must not gamble with their Wessex League premier division future as they host Alton Town at Five Heads Park (3pm).

Carter, who has just returned from a trip to Las Vegas, knows his team must start winning more matches to pull away from the drop zone.

The Deans have only played twice since the end of November and have plenty of games in hand on their top-flight rivals.

But Carter would rather see more points in the bag at this stage in the season.

‘We have been guilty of throwing too many points away in the last 15 minutes of games,’ said the boss.

‘It has all been down to individual errors and we must learn to concentrate.

‘We are not out of the woods yet.

‘But now we have a good opportunity – with four home games – to pick up some points.’

Powerful striker Chamal Fenelon is not back in the frame until next week.

However, Horndean welcome former Gosport and Fareham Town forward Lloyd O’Neill into the squad.

Elsewhere, AFC Portchester are without midfielder George Way for their trip to Totton & Eling.

Mick Howe will replace the unavailable playmaker after a three-month period away from the game.

‘We lost to them at home earlier in the season after dominating the game,’ said AFC Portchester boss Glenn Bridgman.

‘They caught us on the break but this time we will have a different game plan.’

Fareham Town are hoping to put a dent in second-placed Christchurch’s title ambitions at Hurn Bridge.

‘This is a tough one to come back to after not playing for a few weeks,’ said Reds stand-in boss Shaun Coles.

‘We tend to raise our game against the better sides, though, and will be up for this one.’

Moneyfields entertain the most-improved team in the league – Alresford Town – at Dover Road (3pm).

And Hayling United hope to return to action with Hamworthy United due at their Hayling College ground (3pm).