Leaders hold no fear for Fareham

Fareham Town manager Matt Parr
Fareham Town manager Matt Parr
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Fareham Town have league leaders Christchurch in their sights as the two sides meet in Wessex premier action at Cams Alders tonight (7.45pm).

The eighth-placed Reds already boast a 2-1 FA Cup win over the title favourites this season and manager Matt Parr is eager to complete a league and cup double.

‘We have nothing to fear and are looking to come out on top again,’ said Parr.

‘The first game was a scrappy affair, with neither team playing to their full potential.

‘We will have to make sure we tick all the boxes if we are to win.

‘There are small margins between being a top-six side and finishing in the top three.

‘We must look to narrow those margins by becoming far more clinical in our finishing.

‘I am looking for my players to gamble a little bit more in the final third.’

Fareham slammed five goals past struggling Romsey at the weekend but Parr felt his men should have scored a lot more.

Parr’s side cannot afford to waste their opportunities against Christchurch, who have lost only once in the league this term, conceding a miserly six goals.

Second-placed Moneyfields host Bemerton Heath Harlequins at Dover Road in another clash of high-fliers (7.45pm).

It is the start of a run of games against title-chasing rivals for the Copnor club and Moneys manager Miles Rutherford is stressing the importance of a win.

‘Our home form hasn’t been anywhere near good enough,’ said Rutherford.

‘We must look to improve it, starting against Bemerton.

‘It is a big game and a tough test for us.

‘We did just enough to beat Alton 2-0 on Saturday but that won’t be good enough against another top-six side.’

Problems continue to mount for AFC Portchester as they face a daunting trip to third-placed GE Hamble.

Blue Boam has joined their crippling injury list after breaking his ankle against Verwood.

‘Our injury problems just get worse and worse,’ lamented manager Glenn Bridgman. ‘We are down to the barebones but need to pick up points.’