New Fareham Town striker James Thomson can expect a baptism of fire in tonight’s Wessex premier derby against Moneyfields at Cams Alders (7.45pm).
Thomson joined the Reds from Sholing over a week ago but has had to wait his chance because of a suspension.
Reds boss Matt Parr is expected to throw him in against their fierce local rivals and is thrilled to have him on board.
‘A proven goalscorer at Sholing, James will add something to our game,’ said Parr.
‘Our problem this season has been our inability to turn chances into goals.
‘In recent times, Moneyfields have had the edge over us but I believe we are an improved team.
‘I would back us to beat anybody at home, though it is sure to be a competitive affair.
‘Hopefully that will bring the best out of us.’
The visitors head into the game with the threat of a 12-point deduction still hanging over their heads.
It is the price they expect to pay after failing to get international clearance for striker Steve Hutchings at the start of the season.
Manager Miles Rutherford has also been hit by a mounting injury crisis, which has deprived him of key players.
‘It is a difficult period for us and Fareham is not the place you want to go with a patched-up side,’ said Rutherford.
‘We are being stretched to the limit and I just have to wait and see who is available.’
Rutherford is hopeful Hutchings could be back from injury, while Adrian Brockway will be available.
James Ford has left for Hamworthy and the manager is unsure about the availability of Shaun Wilkinson.
Coach Louis Bell takes AFC Portchester side back to old club Blackfield & Langley tomorrow looking to maintain their good form (3pm).
Portchester have lost only once in 14 league games but expect a stern test against their second-placed hosts.
‘We will have to play better than we did against Bournemouth in midweek,’ said Bell.
‘Although we won easily, we didn’t pass the ball as well as we can and it was all a bit frantic and rushed at times.’
Horndean have a chance to get back to winning ways as they take on Romsey Town at Five Heads Park.