Parr hails work ethic of Fareham troops as he eyes treble

Fareham Town's Graham Lindsey. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (1337-3)
Fareham Town's Graham Lindsey. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (1337-3)
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Fareham Town are targeting a third consecutive Wessex League premier division win as they host lowly New Milton Town at Cams Alders (7.45pm).

Manager Matt Parr is singing the praises of his young team – along with a couple of old heads in their bid to achieve a top-eight finish.

‘If we can finish in the top eight it will have been a very good season for us,’ he said.

‘We have had a number of youngsters come through and more experienced players like Graham Lindsey are thriving on helping them.

‘As a club we are not in a great position financially and we are struggling to keep pace with other local clubs.

‘To be where we are in the circumstances is a good achievement.

‘The players have worked hard all season displaying a superb work ethic.’

Lindsey grabbed a classy hat-trick last time out against Alton.

And the prolific striker will fancy his chances of adding to his tally against the New Forest visitors.

Josh Cripps and Mig Dark come into the squad with Louie Martin, Sam Doswell and Kieron Lewis all injured.

Todd Howard replaces keeper Luke Douglas, who has broken a hand.

Hayling United still have eight games to fit in before the end of the season – starting against Newport at the College Ground tonight (7.45pm).

‘It has become a bit of an endurance test but we are looking for at least another three or four wins,’ said Humbugs manager Steve Poulton.

‘Forty-eight to 50 points will be a good tally for us.’

Horndean are aiming to put a dent in Blackfield & Langley’s title ambitions at Five Heads Park (7.45pm).

The home side are hoping to restore some pride after suffering a 7-1 defeat at Blackfield earlier in the campaign.

‘It was our worst defeat of the season and luckily I was on holiday for it,’ said Horndean manager Dave Carter.

The home side have a few players back from injury and creative attacker Louis Castles returns after work commitments.

Fourth-placed Moneyfields travel to fourth-bottom Alton Town.