Pericard injury blow for Moneys

Vincent Pericard in action for Moneyfields against Folland Sport in midweek Picture: Ian Hargreaves
Vincent Pericard in action for Moneyfields against Folland Sport in midweek Picture: Ian Hargreaves
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fORMER Pompey striker Vincent Pericard will have to wait for his first Dover Road outing, with a hamstring injury set to rule him out of Moneyfields’ clash with Christchurch tomorrow (3pm).

Pericard made his Moneys debut in the 1-0 Wessex League premier division win at Folland Sports in midweek, but picked up an injury in the process.

‘Vincent hasn’t played for two years and he will be the first to admit he needs to be fitter,’ said Moneyfields manager Miles Rutherford.

‘We are in a spot of bother because there are eight players missing this weekend.

‘It means some of our youngsters, who are all great prospects, will get a chance.’

Youngsters Declan Seiden, Ryan Pennery, George Thomas and Tyler Giddens are all drafted into the squad.

Fareham go to Brockenhurst hoping for a positive result at Grigg Lane to keep their great escape bid on track.

The Reds have boosted their chances of escaping relegation by picking up seven points in their past three games.

Boss Matt Parr is encouraged by the new belief running through his squad.

‘This is a tricky game but we want to keep our winning run going,’ said Parr.

‘We are now going into games looking to win them rather than just trying to stay in them.’

Apart from defender Charlie Bailey (hip), Parr expects to have a full-strength squad to choose from.

Petersfield manager Ian Saunders doesn’t want any slip-ups at lowly Bournemouth Poppies.

‘We have come through games against three top sides unbeaten but I expect this to be our toughest test,’ said Saunders.

‘It will be all too easy to take our eye off the ball and have to make sure we don’t.’

AFC Portchester visit the New Forest to take on in-form Verwood Town.

‘Both teams are on a good run so it should be a good game,’ said Royals manager Graham Rix,

‘We have looked dangerous up front but have been leaking silly goals at the other end.’

Horndean can earn themselves a Wessex League Cup semi-final place by beating Blackfield & Langley at Five Heads Park.