Deans out to banish cup woes

Gavin Spurway
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Horndean can banish the disappointment of their FA Cup exit by beating in-form Whitchurch United in the Wessex League premier division tonight (7.45pm).

Dave Carter’s side ended up with nine men in their 5-0 Cup defeat at the hands of local rivals AFC Portchester on Saturday.

However, Carter claimed he wouldn’t let that result derail the good work undertaken at Five Heads Park this season.

‘No sour grapes towards Portchester but it was never a 5-0 game,’ said Carter.

‘Silly mistakes cost us the game and we lost our discipline towards the end.

‘Until they went in front they never had a shot on goal and scored three of their goals when we were down to nine men.

‘We have to lick our wounds and get back to picking up league points.

‘Our league form has been good of late and we want to keep that going.’

In their last home game, Horndean defeated Fareham 5-2.

Carter wants his side to carry on where they left off in that game, but expects Whitchurch to present them with a tough test.

‘We will have to be careful against them because they have picked up a bit of form,’ said Carter.

The Deans are boosted by the return of midfield pair Aaron Fennemore and Gavin Spurway, which should give them added bite in that area.

Influential full-back Alex Miroy is ruled out by a foot injury, though.

Moneyfields are hoping to turn weekend sorrow into joy as they visit Romsey Town in the Wessex League Cup.

The Copnor club lost 2-0 away to Southern League Bashley in the FA Cup on Saturday.

Moneys were hit by injury and suspension.

Coach Dave Birmingham is looking for improvements.

‘We are looking to turn our last few performances around,’ said Birmingham.

‘Players have to start bucking their ideas up or we could have nothing to play for by Christmas.

‘We haven’t scored for two games and, to be honest, have not looked like putting the ball in the net.

‘I like to think, despite our injuries, we still have enough to get a result at Romsey.’

Steve Hutchings is back from suspension for Moneys.