Clubs keen to cash in on Cup glory

Horndean boss Dave Carter
Horndean boss Dave Carter
Matt Tubbs played well against Sutton. Picture: Habibur Rahman

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IT IS the magic of the FA Cup for Wessex League clubs as they set off on the Wembley trail in the extra-preliminary round.

Horndean host Sholing Sports in an all-Wessex tie at Five Heads Park (3pm).

The Deans are hoping to repeat last season’s success when they went the furthest they have ever been in the competition – through three knockout rounds.

Carter believes his squad are even better this time around.

‘The way we are playing at the moment we have to fancy our chances,’ said Carter.

‘We had a good FA Cup run last year and it would be nice to do the same again.

‘It is an important competition because it can bring good money into the coffers and it all helps.

‘Sholing will be tough, though, and will present a big, physical challenge.

‘They have some experienced players in their ranks and we will have to be at our best.’

The home side are without Lewis Stockford and Josh Warren because of work commitments.

Nick Tayler and Louie Martin are doubts after picking up knocks in the 1-1 draw at Newport.

AFC Portchester manager Graham Rix knows all about the magic of the Cup from his playing days with Arsenal.

He takes his Royals team to Bournemouth Poppies in another all-Wessex tie.

‘The Cup has been good to me as both a player and a coach,’ said Rix.

‘All teams like to have a run in it and we need to lift our game after drawing against Alresford. We will need to be at it more.’

Rob Evans, Sean Thurgood and Jason Parish are doubts.

Moneyfields will start as favourites against division one Hythe & Dibden on the Waterside.

Fareham Town will travel to Brockenhurst with high hopes after making an unbeaten start to the season.

Despite losing manager Matt Parr on the eve of the season, the Reds have surprised a few people.

Caretaker-boss Shaun Coles has guided the team to a good 2-2 draw at Hamworthy, followed by a 5-0 midweek thrashing of Cowes Sports.

Division one outfit United Services travel to Western League Bradford Town.