Horndean boss wants improvement

Billy Huntley is back
Billy Huntley is back
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Horndean are keen to make 2012 a year of improvement, starting against Newport IOW in the Wessex League premier division at Five Heads Park today (2pm).

Manager Dave Carter was unimpressed by their 4-0 defeat at the hands of Moneyfields last time out.

And the Horndean boss is determined that his side will soon begin to really make their presence felt at premier division level.

‘We never got going for the first hour at Moneyfields,’ said Carter.

‘There was little effort and I felt we just turned up and went through the motions.

‘Moneyfields appeared to want it a lot more than we did.

‘It is important that we start picking up more points to climb the league and, if we can beat Newport, we could move up four places.’

Horndean are boosted by the return of captain and midfield driving force Aaron Fennemore.

And keeper Simon Howard is back from suspension to provide a further lift, with right-back Dan Smith also available again.

The return of Billy Huntley up front will ensure a greater physical presence in attack but three other strikers are missing.

Torr Spicer (injured), Gary Austin (holiday) and Nathan Paxton (suspended) are all absent.

‘The aim is to get ourselves up into mid-table and stay there,’ said Carter.

‘We are still getting our feet under the premier division table and learning the different ways teams set out in this league.’

Horndean: Howard, Smith, Sheppard, Chapman, Perkins, McKie, Fennemore, Spurway, Martin, Milroy, Huntley, Bell, Luff, Warren, Taylor, Plomer