Poppies pose threat to Reds’ record

Fareham boss Matt Parr
Fareham boss Matt Parr
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Fareham Town’s impressive home record could be under threat when third-placed Bournemouth Poppies make the trip to Cams Alders tomorrow (3pm).

The Reds have only lost once at home in the league all season and are determined to add another major scalp to their impressive collection.

‘Our home form has been brilliant and a big factor in our progress this season,’ said manager Matt Parr.

‘Bournemouth, though, are the in-form team and haven’t been beaten since the start of the year.

‘They are a strong, physical side who also like to play football, so it will be a tough challenge for us.

‘We have won four out of our past six games, though, and the players have responded well after a couple of poor defeats.

‘They are determined not to let the season fizzle out and would love to beat the high-flying Poppies.

‘The first-half at Hamworthy in midweek saw us play some of our best football of the season.’

The home side are without Danny Thompson tomorrow as he is away on holiday.

Fareham Town: Harrop, Wood, Kirby, Jones, Buckland, Boud, Spurway, Hayes, Cuthbert, Cotton, Lindsey, McKie, Spears, Darke, Burt, Redman.

n Hayling United cross the Solent to take on Newport IOW at St George’s Park, needing a miracle to avoid relegation.

With four games left, the Humbugs are still marooned at the bottom – eight points behind 20th-placed Fawley but with a game in hand.

Manager Lee Paul admits it is an almost impossible situation but refuses to give up until it is mathematically impossible to survive.

‘We only played them a fortnight ago at our place and feel it is a winnable game,’ said Paul.

‘If we can repeat our performances against Brockenhurst and Poole then I don’t see any reason why we can’t come back with something.

‘We know it will take a miracle to escape but we won’t give up.

‘Whatever happens, the pleasing thing has been the emergence of some of our youngsters, which is promising for the future.’

Hayling United: Clark, Smallbones, Thornton, Watts, Martin, Clements, Salter-Vaile, Kirby, Tambling, Burney, Black, Wray, Case, Fisher, Eyres, Walker.

n Moneyfields bring the curtain down on their home campaign with an attractive encounter against second-placed Winchester City at Dover Road (3pm).

‘We will need to work hard to get a result because Winchester are going well,’ said Moneyfields manager Miles Rutherford.

‘There was an improvement in midweek at Hamble ASSC and we have to maintain it.’

The Copnor club are without leading scorer Warren Hunt for the rest of the season, while Owen Elias is still out injured.

Moneyfields: Hook, Evans, Horrell, Kerridge, Bailey, Blake, Rackley, Middleton, Hore, Gauntlett, Singh, Kendall, Wain, Quirke, Brown, Gregory.

n Horndean can secure promotion from division one of the Wessex League by overcoming Stockbridge at Five Heads Park.

Dave Carter’s side are six points ahead of nearest rivals United Services and have two games in hand. The Sailors face a trip to Verwood Town.