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New kids on the block AFC Portchester are under no illusions as they visit Wessex League premier division leaders Alresford Town (3pm).

The Wicor Mill side are in good form in the league but manager Graham Rix is expecting their sternest test yet.

‘Alresford are not top of the league for nothing,’ said Rix.

‘Last season they were the best side we played, with a couple of lively characters up front.

‘This is only our second season at this level and we are the new kids on the block.

‘We picked up a good draw at Folland in midweek and will look to cause Alresford some problems.

‘We have a few injuries but that will give some of the fringe players a chance to show what they can do.’

Fareham Town will be disappointed if they can’t keep their good run going against Downton at Cams Alders (3pm).

‘We have won four on the bounce in the league and want to keep that going,’ said Reds manager Matt Parr.

‘Gradually, we are building up a head of steam, heading into the business part of the season with a lot of games against top sides coming up.’

Fareham are boosted by the return of left-back Lee Tigwell from injury.

Horndean have Jack Warren and Alex Miroy back from suspension for their meeting with Fawley.

But manager Dave Carter is demanding improved discipline after suffering a spate of red cards in recent games.

Moneyfields boss Miles Rutherford is hoping the worst is over for his side when they travel to Verwood Town.

The Dover Road outfit’s struggles continued in a 3-1 defeat at Sholing on Tuesday night.

‘We have lost five games on the trot and it is the worst run in the 10 years I have been at the club,’ said Rutherford.

‘Players are starting to come back, though, and we are looking up.

‘I feel there is finally a light at the end of the tunnel.’

The Copnor club have Sean Wilkinson, Steve Hutchings, Stuart Green and Bobby Scott back in the fold after injury and suspension.