Woods boost for Portchester

AFC Portchester's Simon Woods is set to start against Romsey
AFC Portchester's Simon Woods is set to start against Romsey
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GOAL-ACE Simon Woods looks set to start for AFC Portchester as they host Wessex league premier division basement-side Romsey at Wicor Mill (3pm).

Woods, who has scored 17 goals already this season, has eased himself back from injury as a substitute in the past few games.

He scored the late winner against Horndean last Saturday and manager Glenn Bridgman is delighted to have him back.

‘He has explosive pace and displays terrific movement up front,’ said Bridgman.

‘When he is playing it gives the whole team a lift, increasing the options available to us.

‘He needs an operation on his leg and we are having to nurse him through at the moment.’

The home side’s first-ever season in the premier division has so far been blighted by injury but Bridgman hopes to sign three new players before the weekend.

‘Our aim is to stay up and rebuild for next season,’ said Bridgman.

‘We must target three points from this game but Romsey, though bottom, have beaten Horndean and GE Hamble.

‘If we don’t turn up in the right frame of mind then we could easily fall flat on our face.’

Horndean are also close to the bottom three and need to pick up points against fellow-strugglers Lymington Town at Five Heads Park (3pm).

‘We have been doing well in the cups but now need to get points on the board,’ said Deans boss Dave Carter.

‘At the moment we need to score four to win a game so a clean sheet is overdue.

‘The team is playing well, though, and we have won two out of our past three games.’

Hawks loanee Joe Noakes returns after a trial with League Two outfit Leyton Orient and midfielder Jimmy Cuthbert is included after signing from Fareham.

Matt Parr is pleased to have experienced pair Matt Jones and Graham Lindsey back for Fareham’s trip to Bournemouth Poppies (3pm).

‘We must go there and look to get back to winning ways quickly,’ said Parr.

‘I need to freshen things up and hope to bring in some new faces.’

Hayling and Moneyfields face difficult trips to Verwood and Downton respectively.