Humbugs hoping for change in fortune

Hayling United manager Lee Paul. Picture: Mick Young
Hayling United manager Lee Paul. Picture: Mick Young
Steve Ramsey scored for AFC Portchester in their defeat at Amesbury Town. Picture: Keith Woodland

Bognor remain bottom after defeat

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Bottom side Hayling United hope to improve their position as they host fellow Wessex premier division strugglers Blackfield & Langley at Havant College (7.45pm).

Humbugs manager Lee Paul believes the decision to bring Steve Poulton in as joint-manager is already paying dividends and his side are showing signs of improvement.

‘Steve has already brought a lot to the table,’ said Paul.

‘Last week, we were desperately unlucky not to beat league leaders Bemerton. And we should have beaten Fawley at the weekend.

‘We were leading with just seven minutes to go when they equalised with a 30-yard belter.

‘When you are down at the bottom, things always seem to go against you.

‘We are picking up points, though, and see no reason why we can’t continue to do so.’

Paul added: ‘Blackfield have been out of sorts recently and we must try and take advantage of that.’

After the 9-0 mauling at the hands of powerful Winchester City, a couple of players left the club.

But Paul has been impressed with the youngsters who have stepped up.

Eighteen-year-old Aaron Kincham has done an excellent job in the centre of the park, while 17-year-old George Vince has impressed at left-back.

Paul also has praise for his assistant manager Gavin Keogh.

‘After the Winchester defeat we were all down, including myself, but Gavin was brilliant and managed to pick us all back up,’ said Paul.

n Moneyfields face a tricky Wessex League Cup tie against Alresford Town at Arlesey Park (7.45pm).

The Copnor club romped to a 5-0 win over Newport IOW at the weekend.

But manager Miles Rutherford expects a tougher test from Alresford.

‘We are not expecting it to be easy,’ said Rutherford.

‘They are very much like us: an up-and-down side.

‘They have had some very good results, beating sides like Winchester only to lose games they would have been expected to win.

‘We picked up a much-needed win against Newport, though, they were a poor side. But you still have to beat the team against you and it will give a boost to our confidence.’