Borough holding out for Harding return... Moneys replay

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Gosport Borough are hoping to have midfielder Ben Harding back for their Russell-Cotes Cup tie against Cowes Sports at Privett Park tonight (7.45pm).

Harding has been out for 12 weeks with a hamstring problem but boss Alex Pike is looking to get him back fit for the Christmas period.

‘Ben came to us from Torquay United and this is the lowest level he has played at,’ said Pike.

‘We were hoping to have a good season from him but so far injury has disrupted that.

‘He came back once but it proved too early and he broke down again.

‘Since then we have managed it better and he has had a scan which suggests it has now completely healed.

‘Now it is a case of getting him match fit.

‘Also, we didn’t have a game at the weekend so we can use this tie for players to get back into the swing of things.’

Moneyfields face a long trip to Brimscombe & Thrupp for their FA Vase replay, after the two teams drew 0-0 on Saturday.

The Stroud-based club will start as favourites, but Moneys boss Dave Carter warns his team shouldn’t be written off.

‘We are not out of it yet and are confident we can go there and get a result,’ said Carter.

‘Hopefully, the conditions will be better because they were difficult in the first game.

‘There wasn’t a lot between the two teams in the first game and we reckon we still have as good a chance as our opponents.’

Wessex League leaders Horndean are looking to avoid an upset at division one Totton & Eling in the Hampshire Senior Cup.

On paper, the visitors should carry too much firepower for their hosts, but assistant manager Simon Chamberlain believes they will pose a threat.

‘Totton have a few players we need to be aware of,’ said Chamberlain.

‘We want to win the game and earn a trip to National League Basingstoke in the quarter-finals.’

Fareham Town hope to switch their Wessex League Cup tie to Alton Town’s 3G pitch if their Cams Alders surface is ruled unfit.

In-form Bognor visit Hampton & Richmond Borough in the Ryman Premier.

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