Fareham vow to end season on a high

John Grice will be unavailable on Sunday. ''Picture: Sarah Standing
John Grice will be unavailable on Sunday. ''Picture: Sarah Standing
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Fareham want to finish their National League conference west season with ‘a bang’.

Ben Barnes’ side take on Guildford in their penultimate match of the campaign on Sunday (1.30pm).

It is also their final match at Henry Cort and performance director Barnes wants to get as many points as possible.

‘We want to go out with a bang,’ he said.

‘We don’t want to fade away in the last two games.

‘I’ve set the guys a target of 30 points so we need four points from the last two games.’

Guildford sit one place below Fareham, in fifth place, and are seven points behind with just two games remaining.

Clearly, three points will be valuable to both sides.

Barnes said: ‘Guildford are almost safe as they’re on 19 points and are within touching distance.

‘They will want a point from one of their last two games.

‘They’re going to play at 100 miles per hour.

‘Guildford put everybody behind the ball and try and nick an early goal.

‘Then, like Chelsea, they park the bus.

‘So they’re going to be a very hard side to break down.

‘We’re going to have to be patient.’

Fareham won 4-1 the last time the sides met in October, thanks to goals from Luke Cornish, Adam Boxall and a brace from James Seager.

‘We started well against them and scored two goals very early on,’ said Barnes.

‘We’ve really got to be at that level again.

‘We need to get in their faces and put them under pressure.

‘In the second half we weren’t great, we got to 4-0 and we took our foot off the pedal, so we’ve got to make sure we put two halves together.’

Fareham will be missing a few players for their final home game of the season, though.

John Grice is unavailable due to work commitments, Seager has still not recovered from his broken finger, and Cornish is away on a training camp with the British Colleges squad.

On the plus side, Jonathan Price has recovered from his knock to the knee.

Elsewhere, Fareham entertain Wimbledon 1A in South Clubs’ Women’s League division three B tomorrow (11.30am).

Steve Lemon’s side produced an excellent performance last week when they came from a goal down to beat third-placed Lewes 3-1.

Wimbledon hold a two-point advantage at the top of the table and are pushing to win the title.

Fareham will be looking to pick up as many points as possible from their last four games, though, as they battle to beat the drop.

They are currently ninth in the division with 20 points and are still in the fight to avoid relegation.

Five clubs across divisions 3A and 3B will go down and there are currently two other clubs on the same points as Fareham, so there is all to play for.