Top six tops agenda at Dover Road

Guy Rutherford returns for Moneyfields against Fareham tonight
Guy Rutherford returns for Moneyfields against Fareham tonight
Hawks striker Jason Prior celebrates hitting the target for the first time since November. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (181103-1)

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Moneyfields are out to make it a hat-trick of wins over Fareham as the two sides meet in the Wessex League premier division at Dover Road (7.45pm).

The Copnor club have already beaten the Reds away in the league this season – and followed that victory up with glory in the semi-finals of the Portsmouth Senior Cup last week.

With both teams gunning for a top-six league finish, another appetising encounter appears to be on the cards.

‘We can go into the game feeling confident after beating them twice, but they are always tight affairs,’ said Moneyfields manager Miles Rutherford.

‘In the last few games we have been grinding out results without playing particularly well.

‘Whoever wins this game will be in the driving seat for a top-six finish, so there is a lot at stake.

‘I am still deciding whether to stick with the youngsters in the middle of the park or, because it’s Fareham, bring in a more experienced head.’

The home side are without Owen Elias, Russell Rackley and Sean Wain but have drafted in the experienced figure of Guy Rutherford.

Fareham are determined to turn the tables on their hosts, with local bragging rights offering a huge incentive.

‘This is a massive game for us,’ said stand-in-manager Mickey Cripps.

‘We are still licking our wounds from last week when we went out of the cup to them after leading 2-0.

‘Moneyfields did well to come back, though, and are a decent side.

‘Hopefully, though, we can get the win, with three vital league points at stake.’

Moneyfields: Hook, Evans, Horrell, Kerridge, Bailey, Blake, Singh, Hore, Gauntlett, Hunt, Page, Kendall, Needham, Rutherford G.

Fareham Town: Douglas, Buckland, Wood, Jones, Cuthbert, Boud, Kirby, Hayes, Thompson, Spurway, Lindsey, Cotton, McKie, Redman, Dark, Spears.

Hayling United hope powerful hosts Poole Town are distracted by their dreams of a Wembley final so they can pull off a major shock.

The Dorset side play the first-leg of their FA Vase final against holders Whitley Bay at the weekend – a game that is likely to be at the forefront of their minds.

Rock-bottom United desperately need to try and get something from the game after closest relegation-rivals Brockenhurst pulled off a surprise win at Brading over the weekend.

There is top-of-the-table action in division one as second-placed Horndean travel to AFC Portchester who are just one place behind them.

‘This is a massive game,’ said Horndean manager Dave Carter. ‘Psychologically, we have got where we want to be and now have to make sure we stay there.

‘Promotion is ours to lose.’

Petersfield Town can continue their goal rampage – 12 goals in the last two games – when they entertain bottom side Shaftesbury.