Fareham target third ahead of double header

John Grice. ''Picture: Sarah Standing
John Grice. ''Picture: Sarah Standing
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Fareham have their sights set on third place ahead of their National League conference west double header this weekend.

Ben Barnes’ side travel to Exeter tomorrow (12.30pm) and then return to Henry Cort to play Cardiff Met on Sunday (1.30pm).

Following last week’s loss to Bath, Fareham will be 
keen to get back on track and stake a claim for third position.

They are currently in fourth but are just two points behind the University of Birmingham.

However, that will be a tough ask as the Midland side play Indian Gymkhana and bottom-club Whitchurch at the weekend.

‘We have a busy weekend ahead of us with Exeter University away and Cardiff Met at home, which are both tough matches,’ said performance director Barnes.

‘I am looking for a response after the defeat against Bath last week and I am sure the squad will be looking to bounce back.

‘Exeter are in a dogfight at the bottom of the league and we are more than aware of what that is about, so we know they will be desperate for points tomorrow. It could give us a good opportunity to break against them as they will be pushing players forward because a draw will not be good enough for 

Fareham were 2-0 up against Cardiff the last time they met but ended up losing the match 4-2.

So they know they can compete against the top sides but they will need to maintain that intensity in both halves if they are to get anything from the game.

Barnes said: ‘Cardiff at home on Sunday will be a stern test and one we are up for. We know how they will play, so if we can execute a good game plan to negate their threats I think we can get a result from them.

‘We will need to be at our best this weekend as third in the league is very much in our reach, which would be a great achievement for our developing side.’

John Grice is not available for tomorrow’s trip to Exeter so Craig Sims comes in to replace him.

However, Grice will be back to play against Cardiff.

James Seager (broken finger) is still unavailable, though.