Fareham have received a timely triple boost ahead of Saturday's demanding test against unbeaten National League South leaders Oxted at Henry Cort, 1.30.
Jamie Rawlings has returned to the club from Reading, while brother Danny is fit again after recovering from a broken thumb. Journeyman midfielder Gurmukh Bhamra is also back at HC, giving Fareham a far stronger look, on paper at least.
Fareham, who drew 3-3 with Chichester in a useful work out last weekend, have garnered only one win so far (against Brighton & Hove), whereas Oxted lead the log with seven wins from ten.
Third placed Havant, meanwhile, plan to run the rule over goalkeeper Maciej Pacanowski's fitness ahead of the prime SD showdown with title rivals Sevenoaks at the College. The Polish international has a hamstring strain.
Rock bottom Winchester face a potentially do-or-die Premier Division South showdown with relegation rivals Tunbridge Wells at Kings', while Trojans journey to leaders Indian Gymkhana.
Bournemouth held Premier West leaders Surbiton 1-1 last week - Conor Moors notching his 15th goal of the season - face a tricky trip through the South London traffic and Tulse Hill & Dulwich.
Things are hotting up in the South Women's League, with leaders Fareham under pressure after a 3-2 defeat by Havant, which prompts manager Steve Lemon to step up tonight's training routine ahead of Haslemere's late morning visit to Henry Cort.
Haslemere were thrashed 8-1 by rampant Southampton last weekend, with Zoe Stride a hat-trick alongside a Naomi Bulkeley and Lauren Gunner brace each and a single by Lou Hopkins.
Fast climbing Havant visit Horsham.
Fareham's lead at the top of South Women's League Division 3B has been cut to a solitary point after a 3-2 defeat at Havant, which elevated the host club to third place on the log.
The damage was done in the first half with Havant wiping out an early Fareham lead to score three times before the break to turn around 3-1 up.
Fareham trimmed the deficit to 3-2, but despite a furious late assault were unable to salvage a point.
The result leaves Fareham only one point ahead of Weybridge-based Old Georgians, who thrashed Hailsham 8-0. Havant lie three points off top spot.
The visitors dominated the initial five minutes and were rewarded when Heather Batten picked up a loose ball, turned her defender and slipped the ball into the Havant goal.
Havant's response was immediate and they drew level minutes later after Kim Tyrell had created a turnover with her reverse stick in the middle of the pitch.
She drove forward, passing to Charlotte Gammon who drove into the circle, drew Fareham goalkeeper Jilly Toovey and finished with real class.
Despite both sides mounting a good number of attacks, it was Havant who was more clinical. Two more really excellent team field goals from Havant took them into a merited 3-1 internal lead.
Poppy Herbert got Havant's second, with Cat Evans completing a well worked move for the third.
Havant struggled to recapture their first half spark after the break, but kept Fareham at bay iuntil five minutes from time when Vicky Field scored the visitors' second and set up a frantic finish.
Fareham forced several unconverted penalty corners in the closing stages, but Havant stood firm to inflcit the league leaders' second defeat of the season.
Match highlights: www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmdR4IsippU
Winchester sank deeper into the South League Premier Division 1 relegation zone after a 5-0 mauling by fellow strugglers Milton Keynes.
But Trojans continued to ease themselves out of the danger zone with a 5-1 with over Wycomber, courtesy of goals by Sam Broadhurst (2), Matt Bell, James Butt and Ben Frost.
Conor Moors scored his 15th goal of the season as Premier 2 West promotion seeking Bournemouth held table topping Surbiton II 1-1 - a distinct improvement on the 8-0 thrashing they suffered early season.
Andrew Pett bagged a hat-trick as fourth placed trimmed Teddington 4-1, but Fareham went down 3-0 at Surbiton III. Portsmouth edged a 2-1 win over Haslemere.
Four-goal Stu Avery started the new year in style as Portsmouth romped to their biggest win of the Hampshire/Surrey Regional Division 2 season, thrashing Camberley & Farnborough 7-1.
His goal spree leaves the second-placed city club ten points adrift of runaway leaders Aldershot. Three more would follow, including a penalty, as Niall Grey, Luke Parsons and Rob Hunt also hit the backboards.
A tough assignment awaited relegation-fighting Winchester at Kings' as they faced top three side Hampstead and Westminster - but the bottom/top South Premier Division affair almost yielded unexpected points as they scrapped every inch of the 70 minutes.
Not wishing to relive the opening minutes of the disappointing Trojans encounter the previous week in which they conceded four goals in seventeen minutes, Winchester started at a much higher level of intensity.
Their attacking press did expose some holes further behind them and coach/keeper George Harris had his busiest period making some excellent saves, whilst Harry Trussler cleared a ball off the line at a penalty corner and Hampstead hit the inside of the post a few minutes later.
At the other end, Winchester's attacks were fairly frequent, often finding ways through down the right flank mainly through Kent Langridge, but, with the exception of one gilt edged chance in front of unattended goal, they did not test the keeper.
They did have one goal struck off as Mark Maunsell brilliantly diverted a hard-driven pass into the "D", but it was deemed to be dangerously high.
The visitors started stronger after the break, technically more able than Winchester, they played some impressive passing hockey and threatened regularly, with sweeper James Pauley [pictured] anticipating calmly and breaking down many attempts.
Hampstead then broke the deadlock half way through the second period with a rapid counter attack. With Winchester very close to a breakthrough at one end, the ball was nestling in the goal the other end in no more than five seconds, fantastically converted by James Harrison from a narrow angle.
Winchester, who face a relegation six-pointer at Milton Keynes on Saturday, pushed hard now but had to endure a number of suspensions as their passion to find a way back in the game often bubbled over.
They were also now finding out how good the visitor's goalkeeper was and discovered a real talent as he made half a dozen excellent stops. Harris too was also at his best with two further outstanding saves. Striker Todd Hutcheson was also danger, creating two moments of real hope with great runs, but the final conversion was missing.
Conor Moors converted a last gasp penalty corner to give Bournemouth a 'massive' 3-2 win over South League Premier Division 2 West promotion rivals Staines - a result that sits the Lions up nicely for Saturday's lunchtime crunchtime clash with table topping Surbiton at Chapel Gate (12 noon).
If Bournemouth can avenge the 8-0 autumn mauling they suffered in South London, they will close the gap on Surbiton (31), who enjoy a four-point lead over the Lions at the top.
Bournemouth twice came from behind to win - Alex Betts giving Staines a 1-0 lead which the hosts held on to until shortly after the break when Moors [left above] equalised from a short corner.
A team is frequently vulnerable after its scored and so it was for Bournemouth as Ben Floyd soon restored the Staines lead to make it 2-1.
With Bournemouth pressing higher, the match became stretched and the direct style of Staines became more effective. They were thwarted through some last ditch tackling and saves.
Bournemouth continued to be dangerous and finally got their second when link up play between Rob Clowes and Hugh Creaney-Birch down the right saw the ball played across goal, with Matt Underhill tapping in from close range.
Drama ensued with time running out. Bournemouth put their foot down in search of a late winner and Creaney-Birch took the ball along the baseline, evading the goalkeeper who had rushed out to close the angle.
He passed to Underhill who pushed the ball towards goal. It hit a Staines foot and then ended up in the goal. The umpire had not allowed the advantage and the goal was ruled out. Rather than a penalty stroke being awarded, which seemed logical for everyone present, a short corner was the end result.
The full-time whistle was then blown and Bournemouth had a huge opportunity to win away from home for the first time since the opening day of the season. Conor Moors stepped up to flick high, with too much power for the keeper who could only wave at the ball as it flew into the goal. Final score - Staines 2:3 Bournemouth.
Conor Moors scored twice as Bournemouth rekindled their South League Premier Division 2 West promotion hopes with a 3-2 win at Staines, where Matt Underhill as also on target.
Trojans and Winchester both lost their Premier 1 games -Trojans 3-2 at West Hampstead and Winchester 1-0.
Danny Rawlings returned from a broken thumb to score in Fareham II's 2-0 win over Oxted, while Trojans raised Ed Jeffrey potted penalty corner drag flicks to secure a 3-2 win for London Wanderers over Basingstoke.
Bournemouth face a South League Premier Division 2 West promotion six-pointer against third placed Staines beneath the London Heathrow flight path today.
It's a match the Lions can ill afford to lose after Oxford Brookes beat them 3-2 last weekend - only Bournemouth's second slip of the season and a result which ended their eight-match unbeaten record, which began in mid-October.
Second-in-the-table Oxford turned round a goal up through Zum Akhter, but a fine counter-attack and composed finish by James Champion put Bournemouth level.
The visitors' lead was short lived as Worcester Baldwin soon restored Oxford's lead - the hosts' 2-1 advantage being further extended when Richie Heywood converted a penalty corner.
Bournemouth’s resilience and endeavour was rewarded following some late attempts to disrupt their play, advantage was given and a scramble following a rebounded shot fell to Charlie Cooper to despatch between the legs of the goalkeeper for 3-2.
Bournemouth were the team that looked likely again to score in the last remaining minutes but Oxford hung on to take a 3-2 win on their home turf.
Bournemouth boosted their South League Premier Division 2 West promotion hopes with a comfortable 3-1 in over PHC Chiswick at Chapel Gate, where they remain unbeaten this season.
The Lions had the points in the bag by half-time, scoring three unanswered first half goals, initially through Charlie Cooper (above left), who latched on to Sam Drewitt's pass to open the scoring.
University student Hugo Creany-Birch underlined his high quality dribbling skills by setting up Freddie Hares for his maiden SPL goal, while hot shot Conor Moors (centre left) effectively settled it with his 12th goal of the season from a penalty corner.
Tristan Conoley clawed a goal back for Chiswick in the second half.
Pictures by Simon Carlton Photography.
Teenager Matty Bell notched a hat-trick as Trojans thumped Winchester 6-3, the result leaving the city club stranded at the South League Premier Division basement.
The difference in game intensity between the two teams was apparent from the start as Trojans, in front of a bumper Stoneham Lane crowd, flew at Winchester who struggled to deal with the pace of the attacks, writes Jon Player.
Sam Broadhurst scored Trojans inevitable first goal from close range after six minutes and three minutes later James Butt was waiting at the far post to knock home a simple effort.
Trojans were relentless as they added a third on 13 minutes after an initial George Harris save and then a fourth on seventeen minutes as the ball was crashed into the "D" and deflected home.
Showing some spirit and refusing to capitulate, Winchester then rallied and began to win a meaningful share of possession and were able to pull a goal back when Harry Trussler drag-flicked Winchester's first penalty corner past Steve Cole in the Trojans goal.
Harris made another fine save with the ball travelling into the top corner, but Winchester finished the half strongly, planting another penalty corner just over the bar.
The second half went better for the visitors, changing formation to better compete in midfield but first they had to endure a Trojans fifth almost immediately from a rebound from Harris's pads at a penalty corner.
Five minutes later, Todd Hutcheson scored Winchester's second after an initial Cole save and shortly afterwards Ben Hibberd went close, flashing a loose ball over the bar.
Winchester were now creating chances and Kent Langridge gave Winchester some hope as the ball was drilled across from the Will Evans, controlled by Ben Hibberd at the far post and laid square to his long-time attacking partner to make it 5-3.
Colin French, hit the inside of a Winchester post, but James Pauley, effectively playing now as a solo centre back as Winchester pressed forward, was increasingly masterful in stemming Trojans danger. However, a defensive error led to Trojans final and killer goal and gave youngster Matty Bell a great hat trick in front of a good crowd.
With only two points separating the bottom five, Trojans' derby with Winchester - under the Stoneham Lane floodlights on Saturday (6pm push back) - carries considerable significance.
Winchester are rooted to the bottom, but Trojans are only two points ahead of them, having won the opening match between the pair 2-1.
It's an equally important weekend for promotion pushing Bournemouth, who face two key Premier Division 2 West matches against Chiswick at Chapel Gate on Saturday and a rearranged affair at Oxford Brookes on Sunday. With 11 pots, Conor Moors in the division's top scorer.
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