Dean up for the cup

Horndean boss Dave Carter Picture: Mick Young
Horndean boss Dave Carter Picture: Mick Young
Wes Fogden is brought down against Hemel Hempstead. Picture: Keith Woodland

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Horndean boss Dave Carter is keen to see his side put one over on local rivals AFC Portchester in their Hampshire Senior Cup-tie at Five Heads Park tonight (7.45pm).

Carter was left hugely disappointed by his team’s 1-0 FA Cup exit against Newport IOW at the weekend.

He felt the Deans deserved at least a replay after going down to a contentious ‘offside’ goal.

The hosts are also looking to revenge a league defeat inflicted upon them by the Royals in the opening weeks of the season.

‘This is a competition we want to progress in because you can get a plum tie against the top local sides,’ said Carter.

‘We must look to get back to winning ways in an attractive local derby.

‘Portchester have already beaten us once this season at their place so we are aiming to turn the tables.

‘In the first game we made a couple of mistakes for their goals and missed a penalty.’

Carter hopes to have three key players back in contention after they missed Saturday’s FA Cup tie.

Nathan Paxton, Mark Smith and Jack Warren are expect to return.

Improving Portchester will fancy their chances of completing a league and cup double over their hosts.

Petersfield Town are hoping to surprise Vanarama Conference Premier visitors Aldershot Town at Love Lane.

Town have made a terrific start to life in the Wessex premier and currently sit second in the league behind Moneyfields.

Manager Ian Saunders is expecting a difficult test against the north Hampshire side.

‘Whatever team they put out it will be a tough game for us,’ said Saunders.

‘They are a full-time outfit and will be expected to win.

‘We have nothing to lose, though, and will go out determined to enjoy ourselves.’

Town suffered a big blow at the weekend, with striker Rob Tambling sustaining a serious shoulder injury against Lymington.

Saunders will welcome the return of Will Essai back from a hamstring injury.

Wessex division one leaders United Services Portsmouth face a daunting tie at Southern League Sholing.