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Fareham head coach Ben Barnes says they will have a fight on their hands against Whitchurch tomorrow (1pm).

Barnes’ men make the first of two consecutive journeys to Cardiff in National League conference west.

Though Whitchurch are bottom, Barnes will not be taking them lightly.

He said: ‘You can have too many preconceptions of a team at the bottom.

‘We know they won’t roll over so we’ll have to fight for everything.

‘We’re going to have to break them down as they will have numbers behind the ball.

‘We will also have to manage their counter-attacks from deep and keep our defensive shape well-organised.’

Fareham are third in the league and are determined not to get dragged into a relegation battle.

‘It’s a great opportunity to get three points and put pressure on the top two,’ said Barnes.

‘We want to make sure we get to a position where we’re more comfortable because the guys don’t want to go through what they did last year.’

Fareham welcome back Ben Hibberd from injury but John Grice is unavailable due to work commitments.

Havant will not be under-estimating South League premier division one basement side Purley Walcountians this weekend.

Havant are in a rich vein of form and are the only side with a 100-per-cent record and they have Purley to thank for that.

Walcountians are currently bottom of the table but earned their first point of the campaign with a shock draw against high-flying Sevenoaks last weekend.

With Havant winning their fifth successive game, it meant they moved two points clear at the top.

However, Havant captain Raj Laly does not want to be the victim of another upset.

He said: ‘We need to make sure we go in there with a good mindset.

‘We play them on a sand-based pitch so it’ll be unfamiliar surroundings for us.

‘Sevenoaks drew against Purley last weekend, who are bottom, and that’s who we play next.

‘It was their first point of the season and it shows the strength of the league that they can get a result like that.’

The match takes place at Carshalton Way at 2pm.

Coach Ady Adams again has a full strength squad to choose from and will be keen to post three more points on the board before meeting Sevenoaks in a crucial encounter the following week.

Havant Ladies will be back to full strength when they take on Barnes in South Clubs’ Women’s League division one at Havant College tomorrow (midday).

Manager Richard Cook said: ‘The whole team are determined to put right the 8-1 away defeat against a table-topping Hampstead and Westminster side.

‘Havant’s attacking flair could be a handful for Barnes but our ladies will need to show some ruthless determination in front of goal and equally so in defence, to get anything from this game.’