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Ash Tattersall. Picture: Neil Marshall
Ash Tattersall. Picture: Neil Marshall
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Fareham Town are hoping to get tonight’s Wessex League Cup tie on as they prepare to face Alton Town at Cams Alders (7.45pm).

The Reds were frustrated when Saturday’s match was the only game postponed in the Wessex League.

Manager Steve Stone is hoping for an improvement.

He said: ‘The referee who came at the weekend told us he inspected our pitch 18 times last season and called the game off on 16 occasions.

‘It is the same problem every time.

‘In one corner of the pitch the drainage has collapsed, leaving that area under water.

‘Unfortunately the club have never invested in training facilities so we have not been able to get on the pitch to train.

‘We have tried to hire somewhere but that isn’t easy at short notice.

‘The players just look at me and wonder what we are going to do.

‘Hopefully we can get the cup tie on because we need a game.’

The enforced break has allowed Stone to get some of his injured players back, although it looks like striker Ash Tattersall could be facing a long spell on the sidelines with a hamstring problem.

Central midfielder Dan Jackson is expected to make a return.

Stone is hoping the pitch problems will be a thing of the past if developments happen at the ground.

The plans are to combine with the adjacent rugby club, Fareham Heathens, and have a 3G playing surface as the main pitch.

‘They had a meeting with the council at the weekend and they hope to start building in 2017,’ said Stone.

‘The finances are in place, though there are one or two minor hurdles to get over.

‘People here are confident it will go ahead.’

Moneyfields are in Russell-Cotes Cup action against Ringwood Town at Dover Road (7.45pm).

Manager Dave Carter will use the game to give some of his players who were cup-tied in the FA Vase a run out.

Horndean face an awkward midweek trip across the Solent to take on Cowes Sports at Westwood Park (7.45pm).

Craig Pearce is looking for his team to build on their 1-0 win at Bournemouth on Saturday.