Romsey concern for Rutherford

James Lacey returns to the Moneyfields squad
James Lacey returns to the Moneyfields squad
Gosport have taken a lift from Craig McAllister's leadership. Picture: Keith Woodland

Gosport encouraged ahead of Redditch trip

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Moneyfields boss Miles Rutherford has warned his players to be wary of lowly visitors Romsey Town in tonight’s Wessex League premier division contest at Dover Road (7.45pm).

The visitors have shown a big improvement recently, including a surprise win over title-chasing Downton.

Romsey may have been thumped 6-1 by Blackfield & Langley at the weekend but Rutherford, whose side sit sixth in the table, insists his charges must not let that result lull them into a false sense of security.

‘Traditionally, we have struggled against lower sides,’ said Rutherford.

‘We need to be consistent and carry on where we left off in our 2-0 win at Hamworthy on Saturday.

‘The players worked hard for each other and I was pleased with their attitude.

‘If we apply ourselves in the next four games we are capable of getting back into the mix.

‘Three of the games are derbies, so we will need to be focused.’

James Lacey returns to the Moneys squad after missing the last game through work commitments.

Horndean need to return to winning ways against Fawley at Five Heads Park (7.45pm) to stay out of relegation trouble.

Manager Dave Carter is hoping his team can rediscover their shooting boots.

‘We are creating enough chances but failing to take them,’ said Carter.

‘Converting one in 10 isn’t good enough.

‘We have two big games this week and I am looking for maximum points.’

Deans goalkeeper Dan Harding is out with an ankle injury and will be replaced by Jack Stanbridge.

Ben Cansfield and Ollie Warren are also serious injury doubts, so Dan Hayes and Jack Warren are likely to return to the starting line-up.

Fareham Town travel to the New Forest to take on Lymington Town in the Russell-Cotes Cup.

Derby action in the Wessex League first division sees United Services entertain promotion-chasing Petersfield Town at Burnaby Road (7.45pm).