Parr reaches Reds crossroads

Fareham boss Matt Parr
Fareham boss Matt Parr
Rowan Vine. Picture: Keith Woodland

Vine calling for Gosport to fight to the finish

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Fareham Town boss Matt Parr believes the Cams Alders club are at an important crossroads with regards to their future.

This season, Parr has guided the Reds into the top 10 of the Wessex League premier division but feels he can do no more without a much-needed injection of funds.

‘The club needs to make its mind up where it is going,’ said Parr.

‘We are operating on one of the smallest budgets in the league and it is catching up with us.

‘The club is at a crossroads and I feel we can only take them so far at the moment.

‘You can only get so much blood out of a stone.

‘The players are working their socks off but the club needs an injection of cash or a shake up of some kind.

‘On the present budget we can only take them so far and, at times, it’s like flogging a dead horse.

‘Until more funds come in, Fareham will remain a middle-of-the-road Wessex League side and I am more ambitious than that for the club.

‘Since coming here we have set up a youth section and field up to 15 teams.

‘We want to develop this further and take the club to the next level.

‘On paper, Fareham are a big club but we are being overtaken financially by clubs like AFC Portchester and Horndean.

‘In the past the club have played in the Southern League and reached the semi-finals of the FA Trophy.’

The Reds slipped to a disappointing 3-0 league defeat at Alton Town on Saturday and Parr intends to make changes for tonight’s Russell-Cotes Cup tie against Moneyfields at Cams Alders (7.45pm).

Striker Graham Lindsey expects to return following a virus and centre-half Mitch Goldring is back from work commitments.

‘We need to pick ourselves up after two defeats,’ said Parr.

‘At the moment we are not consistent enough over 90 minutes.

‘Against Newport IOW we had a good second half and at Alton played well in the opening 45 minutes.

‘We need to perform for the whole game.’

Moneyfields will feel they have a point to prove after crashing out of the FA Vase against GE Hamble.