IN-form Royals eye top six

Moneyfields striker Alfie Rutherford Picture: Neil Marshall
Moneyfields striker Alfie Rutherford Picture: Neil Marshall
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AFC Portchester can consolidate their top-10 Wessex premier spot by beating high-flying Blackfield & Langley at Wicor Rec (3pm).

The Royals are in confident mood after extending their unbeaten run to seven games with a 1-0 win at Christchurch in midweek.

Director of football Mick Jenkins wants to see the Royals put more pressure on the top six.

‘We have got two big games against Blackfield and Moneyfields in the next week,’ said Jenkins.

‘Since Christmas we have put a good run together and scored a lot of goals.

‘At Christchurch, though, it was our back four and keeper who were immense, seeing us to a clean sheet.

‘We want to keep our run going and climb as high as we can up the league.’

Fareham are boosted by the return of Bradey Norton and Charlie Bailey as they continue their relegation battle against Fawley at Cams Alders.

The duo missed the defeat at Brockenhurst but have played a key part in reviving the Reds’ fortunes.

‘All the games are like cup finals for us at the moment,’ said Reds manager Matt Parr.

‘If we continue to play like we have in our last four games then we will give ourselves a chance.

‘We have closed the gap on the teams above us and, by winning, can drag three or more teams into the mix.’

Moneyfields have their strike partnership of Steve Hutchings and Alfie Rutherford back from suspension for the trip to Lymington Town.

The visitors also welcome goalkeeper Dave Hook, Lewis Fennemore, Tom Chapman and Dean Arnold back.

‘At the moment all we can do is keep winning and hope leaders Petersfield slip up,’ said Moneys boss Miles Rutherford.

Petersfield manager Ian Saunders expects his side to have their title ambitions sternly tested at Folland Sports.

‘Follands took us to the cleaners at the start of the season when we suffered a 6-1 drubbing,’ said Saunders.

‘Since then we have gone from strength to strength losing just one more game.’

Horndean are hit by suspensions for their visit to Hamworthy United, with Dan Hayes and Lewis Stockford out.