Match Preview: Baffins vs Fareham Town
Written by Ollie Cook
6 Mar 2023
Fareham Town are the visitors for Baffins’ third PMC Stadium contest in seven days, and the Creeksiders will be in confident mood after battling to draw with AFC Portchester.
A staggering crowd of 1,107 packed into Cams Alders on Saturday as league-leaders AFC Portchester were the visitors in the ‘El-Creekio’.
Fareham went behind in the clash on two occassions, but Josh Benfield’s long-range effort and Tom Settle’s penalty ten minutes from time secured a valuable point.
That result came after defeat at relegation-threatened Bournemouth in midweek, and a 4-0 thrasing at Bemerton Heath Harlequins the previous weekend.
Fareham sit eleven points behind Baffins in the league standings with 35 points on the board so far. Danny Thompson’s side enjoyed a thrilling victory at Cams Alders earlier this term. Tom Vincent cancelled out Charlie Cooper’s opener, before youngster Liam Brewer emerged from the bench to score a late winning goal.
The two clubs could potentially meet in the Wessex League Cup final in May, as Fareham host Petersfield Town in the semi-final of the competition the same night Baffins head to Andover Town.
Last month, Graham Rix’s side recorded a cup upset, beating historic rivals and two-tiers higher Gosport Borough on penalties after a goalless draw in the Portsmouth Senior Cup.
Baffins head into the clash with the Creeksiders after recorded a seventh-straight home victory with three points over Brockenhurst on Saturday. Tyler Giddings' early header was added to by Ed Sanders' first goal of the campaign, and skipper Jason Parish.
And Danny Thompson's attack has been boosted with the addition of forward Declan Seiden, who goes straight into the matchday squad for the visit of Fareham after his move from rivals Moneyfields.
You can watch Baffins take on Fareham Town at PMC Stadium on Tuesday 7 March, kick-off 7:45pm. Tickets are priced £6 adults and £4 concessions. The £10 deal is available for this fixture, which includes entry, beer and a printed programme.