Fareham out to prove point

Steve Cruddas will start for Havant. Picture: Chris Moorhouse

Matthews: Unbeaten streak key to Havant’s promotion charge

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Fareham Heathens are fired up to get back to winning ways in Hampshire two against Aldershot & Fleet at Cams Alders.

Heathens’ promotion ambitions were dented by a surprise defeat at Chineham last weekend.

But they are determined to get them back on track.

‘We had a weakened side out at Chineham but, full credit to them, they were up for it,’ said club spokesman Chris Lee.

‘They were always going to be a potential banana skin and so it proved.

‘We are able to put out a much stronger side tomorrow and will be going out to prove a point.

‘Locks Heath Pumas are on our tails and the last thing we want is to open the door for them.

‘We are due to play them last game of the season and, ideally, want to maintain our advantage before then.

‘It is important we pick up the pieces against Aldershot, who we smashed earlier in the season.’

Southsea Nomads will need to focus if they are to secure a seventh Hampshire two win over Chineham at Furze Lane.

After their victory over Fareham, the visitors will fancy their chances of repeating the trick.

Nomads slipped to defeat at Locks Heath Pumas in their last game and are looking to improve.

‘Our biggest problem is maintaining our concentration for the whole 80 minutes,’ said chairman Martin Drum.

‘If we can play to our true potential for the whole game then we are certainly capable of winning this one.

‘At Locks Heath we did well up to half-time but then switched off.

‘Defensively, though, we were very sound. Even when we had a player yellow carded late on we didn’t concede.

‘Our season as a whole has been fairly pleasing.

‘We have had a new coach and an influx of new players.

‘It as always going to take a little time to bed in but we are very optimistic for the future.’

Locks Heath Pumas take a break from league action to face Isle of Wight in the Hampshire Plate at Brookfield School.