Humble set for Deans debut

Dave Carter. Picture: Neil Marshall
Dave Carter. Picture: Neil Marshall
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Horndean can consolidate their position at the top of the Wessex League premier division with victory over Alresford Town at Five Heads Park tonight.

Deans boss Dave Carter is boosted by the availability of central midfielder Ian Humble, who arrived from Farnham Town in the summer.

Humble was ruled out of the start of the campaign by suspension but Carter brings him straight into his squad for tonight’s clash.

‘Having Ian Humble available gives us a further boost,’ said the boss.

‘He was captain at Fareham last season and provides a presence in midfield.

‘The lad is also very fit and an athlete around the pitch.

‘With everyone available, though, it does provide me with a few selection headaches.’

Alresford will pose a threat, having already held AFC Portchester to a 1-1 draw this term.

The hosts are in confident form, however, after a 3-1 win at Bemerton Heath Harlequins on Saturday.

Moneyfields are also in a buoyant mood as they cross the Solent to take on Newport at St Georges Park.

The Copnor club won 5-0 at Verwood Town on Saturday.

Recent arrival Toby McCauley, from Andover Town, hit a hat-trick in the New Forest.

‘Toby started slowly but is now finding his feet,’ said boss Miles Rutherford.

‘He plays in midfield but when he gets ahead of the forwards he looks a different player.

‘Defenders find him difficult to pick up and he takes his chances well.’

Rutherford is optimistic Tom McInnes will recover from a bruised foot to play against his former club.

But he is likely to be without Steve Hutchings (ankle), Dan Gauntlett (cut head) and Jack Lee (fractured foot).