Reds and Moneys fired up for highly-charged derby

100338-04_moneyfields'Luke Middleton wins the ball.'Pic Mick Young
100338-04_moneyfields'Luke Middleton wins the ball.'Pic Mick Young
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Fareham Town and Moneyfields return to action in a Wessex League premier division local derby at Cams Alders tonight (7.45pm).

Both teams have been left kicking their heels by the bad weather in recent weeks.

And the players are keen to get out on the pitch for the derby clash.

‘We are all itching to play again and it could hinge on who can be sharpest out of the blocks,’ said Fareham manager Matt Parr.

‘We have only played once in five weeks and the danger is the players will go at it helter skelter.

‘It is important that we play with our brains and not just the heart.

‘The two teams know each other inside out and have no secrets.

‘We have only played once in five weeks and everyone wants to play in this one.’

The hosts have a full-strength squad to choose from.

Moneyfields manager Miles Rutherford agreed that there is likely to be little to choose between the two sides.

‘In the end it will depend who is up for it the most on the night,’ said Rutherford.

‘These games are rarely pretty and normally settled by the odd goal.

‘It is never a nasty contest but always very competitive, with neither team giving a lot away.

‘Both teams have respect for each other and try to get the ball down and play football.’

The visitors are without midfielder Luke Middleton due to work commitments and could also lose Pabs N’Doye and Bikram Singh with the same problem.

Dean Blake is a doubt due to hamstring problems.

Fareham Town: Douglas, Warren, Buckland, Wood, Jones, Boud, Cotton, Spurway, Thompson, Hayes, Austin, Lindsey, Cuthbert, Woodward, Redman.

Moneyfields: Hook, Evans, Elias, Kerridge, Rackley, Jones G, Cuthbert, Blake, Rutherford G, Bailey, Slater, Hunt, N’Doye, Brannan, Scott.