Royals hero ruled out of Newport clash

Joe Noakes, right. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (143214-2)
Joe Noakes, right. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (143214-2)
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AFC Portchester are without midweek hat-trick hero Joe Noakes for the Wessex League premier division contest against Newport at Wicor Rec tomorrow (3pm).

The powerful Noakes was devastating in the Royals’ 5-1 success over bottom-club Totton & Eling.

But the former Hawks Academy graduate is suspended tomorrow.

‘Joe has done really well for us and he is still only 19 years old,’ said AFC Portchester manager Graham Rix.

‘He still has a bit to learn and is working hard on his self-control.

‘The lad is a powerhouse and we have been playing him wide on the left where we can exploit his power and pace.

‘He will be missed but we have a half-decent squad with all the lads champing at the bit to play.’

Sean Thurgood and 17-year-old Elliot Roberts are hoping to shake off knocks.

Defender Tom Chapman is the only doubt – with an ankle injury – for second-placed Moneyfields as Whitchurch United visit Dover Road.

‘Almost everyone is fit and available and I have not been able to say that many times,’ said Moneys boss Miles Rutherford.

‘Whitchurch have been up near the top all season, although they have suffered a dip in form recently.

‘I am still not expecting an easy game.’

Horndean are happy to have goalkeeper Lyall Beazley back in the fold as they host relegation-battling Christchurch at Five Heads Park.

Beazley was in terrific form on his return in the Russell-Cotes Cup win at Sholing after a two-month absence with a broken collarbone.

‘While Lyall was out we had a few goalkeeping disasters,’ said Horndean manager Dave Carter.

‘Our aim in the league is to finish in the top eight.

‘Considering some of the massive budgets in our league that would be a huge achievement.’

Fareham Town face a testing clash against Lymington Town at Cams Alders.

And league leaders Petersfield Town will be hoping to avoid a slip-ups at the Oilmen of Fawley.