AMESBURY face their biggest game of the season when they entertain title rivals AFC Stoneham on Saturday.

The Blues slipped to third in the Wessex League Division One table, after they failed to extended their unbeaten run to 10 games as they lost 2-0 at Fawley.

They now have 54 points from 22 games, while Stoneham are second on 54 from 20 games and Hythe and Dibden are the new leaders with 55 points from 23 games.

For the trip to Fawley, Amesbury were minus several key players and made a promising start.

Tom Plant playing at left back for the unavailable Archie Johnson hit the bar from 30-yards.

Soon after, the home side went 1-0 up after a counter attack down the right saw 25 yard strike hit the top corner leaving Creese no chance.

The Blues then lost Luke Greenway at half-time to a hamstring injury, which was a massive blow as they had no attacking replacement on the bench.

Kieran Edwards came on for only his second appearance of the season.

Amesbury struggled to make clear cut chances through out the second half were punished with a second goal scored after Blues defence was caught flat footed.

Plant went forward again and hit the bar after a great save from the Fawley goalkeeper.

Joint manager Chris Raymond said: “Overall our performance today was not what we expect as a team we hope to put things right next week against AFC Stoneham.

“Missing several players today does not help. Hopefully, we can get some of those faces back out on the pitch next week and hopefully Luke Greenway injury is not a serious one as he has been fantastic this season.

“Also we are looking at a few new faces to bring into the club to give us more competition for places hopefully we can get these sorted soon.”