Fareham will be cast adrift at the bottom of the National League South Division if they fail to win Sunday’s basement battle against Oxford Hawks at Henry Cort, 1.30pm.
The last match before the two-month winter break features the bottom two sides with only one win each – Oxford’s coming in the shape of a 8-1 mauling of Fareham four weeks ago !
Beaten seven times, Fareham have only four points to their name, Oxford six on account of three draws.
It’s a match Fareham simply cannot afford to lose.
Fareham’s only win this season came 4-2 against Brighton & Hove, who turned the tables with a 2-1 victory in the return fixture.
Head coach Ben Barnes described it as “a very disappointing loss. We had majority of the game but failed to make the most of our opportunities. We played well and created enough pressure in the second half to win it.”
Marc Clermont scored both Brighton goals, his 22nd minute opener being cancelled out by a penalty corner conversion by Shane Vincent. But Clermont’s second goal early in the fourth quarter proved a winner.
Barnes explained: “Brighton counter attacked from one of our promising attacks where we forced it and scored the winner.
“We still created chances to equalise but Brighton defended well and broke down our play, defended a penalty corner late on and intercepted well when we were guilty of not executing the final pass or guilty of a lack of composure in the circle.”
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