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Fareham are gearing up for another busy weekend of league and cup action.

They will again be in action tomorrow and Sunday.

The first match of the weekend is at home to league strugglers ISCA (5pm).

Fareham are then playing again 24 hours later when they go to Hampstead & Westminster in the National League Cup.

Performance director Ben Barnes is hoping the players won’t be distracted by the knockout tie.

He said: ‘ISCA will be a tough game.

‘We have another game on Sunday in the cup but we have to make sure we do not let this get in the way of the league game.

‘It is important we do not let the Sunday fixture distract us.’

Fareham were in good form when they drew with high-flying outfit Cardiff & Met last weekend.

But they were frustrated not to build on that as they were held to another draw by the University of Birmingham a day later.

Barnes said: ‘Despite dropping points against Birmingham there were a great deal of positives to take from the game.

‘We started well and were the dominating team for long periods of time.

‘We are improving defensively and we have bursts of excellent forms of play.’

Victory in the cup on Sunday would take Fareham into the quarter-finals of the competition.

‘The game will be tough and there are aspects we need to improve,’ said the Fareham chief.

‘If we can put two halves of good hockey together any team will struggle to stop us scoring goals.

‘We will go to Hampstead & Westminster and play to the best of our ability.’

Meanwhile, Havant host Cardiff & Met tomorrow (1pm).

Head coach Merijn van Willigen has seen his side suffer two defeats in their past two outings.

But he is looking for them to hit back hard against the second-placed outfit.