Reds face tricky tie at high-fliers

Fareham boss Matt Parr
Fareham boss Matt Parr
Hawks striker Jason Prior celebrates hitting the target for the first time since November. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (181103-1)

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Fareham Town have to negotiate a difficult trip to first division leaders East Cowes Vics if they are to keep their Wessex League Cup ambitions alive (7.30pm).

Reds manager Matt Parr is expecting a tough test and has challenged his team to be ruthless in front of goal.

‘This is a competition we would like to win,’ said Parr.

‘But this is a tough little tie for us and we know it won’t be easy.

‘East Cowes have some experienced players in their ranks and they will be set on causing an upset.

‘We will be taking them seriously.

‘My side is still young and very naive at times.

‘Recently, we have paid the price for missing chances and we won’t be able to afford that over on the island.

‘It can be a miserable trip back across the Solent if you have lost and we don’t want that.’

Fareham will be without Jack Kirby, who is suffering from a shoulder injury, but Parr expects the rest of his squad to be available.

Moneyfields entertain the University of Portsmouth in a Russel-Cotes Cup tie at Dover Road (7.45pm).

Meanwhile, Bognor go to Leatherhead tonight in the Alan Boon Ryman League Cup, planning to send out a team including a number of fringe players and youngsters.

The Rocks will rest some of the side who drew at Folkestone at the weekend, with one eye on a fixture list which looks on the heavy side over the next few weeks.