Deans told to keep their cool

From left: Joe Bye, Craig Hardy and Jack Salter-Vaile, who scored in AFC Portchester's 3-1 Hampshire Senior Cup second round win over AFC Totton in midweek. Picture: Mike Vimpany

From left: Joe Bye, Craig Hardy and Jack Salter-Vaile, who scored in AFC Portchester's 3-1 Hampshire Senior Cup second round win over AFC Totton in midweek. Picture: Mike Vimpany

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Horndean manager Dave Carter is calling for greater discipline from his side in their Wessex League premier division derby at AFC Portchester tomorrow (3pm).

When the two teams met in the FA Cup last month, the Deans finished with nine players and suffered a heavy defeat.

Carter is determined there will be no repeat of that 6-0 hammering but knows that will require greater restraint from his players.

‘We shot ourselves in the foot that day, giving away poor goals and losing our heads,’ said the Five Heads Park boss.

‘A lot of that was down to the pressure of the cup-tie – but we have to learn to handle that.

‘The lads showed in our win at Hamworthy on Wednesday they are starting to do that.

‘We are going well in the league and are quietly confident going into this game.

‘A win could put us up as high as sixth in the table, which is where we want to be.

‘It is always difficult, though, against teams paying the sort of money that Portchester are.

‘We don’t have a lot of money but that doesn’t stop us going about things in a professional manner.’

Horndean have been boosted by the arrival of Dan Sharpe from Hayling United.

The striker scored both goals in the 2-1 midweek win on his debut.

Fellow goal-getter Lenny Burney also returned from suspension and together they can pose the Portchester defence problems.

Carter, however, has to do without suspended trio Jack Warren, Nathan Paxton and Dan Eyres – along with injured pair Gavin Spurway and Aaron Fennemore.

Meanwhile, AFC Portchester coach Louis Bell is keen to maintain the bragging rights over his son, also Louis, who is in the Deans ranks.

Bell’s side have bounced back from their FA Cup exit at Cirencester with draws at Folland Sports and Alresford Town – and a Hampshire Senior Cup triumph over Southern League outfit AFC Totton.

Elsewhere, Moneyfields entertain Winchester City at Dover Road.

Two straight wins have got the Copnor club back on track and manager Miles Rutherford puts that down to the return of key players.

‘We have got a few players back and some of the youngsters, such as Jake Raine, are playing well,’ he said.

The hosts have lost the services of Stuart Green because of injury.

Goalkeeper Luke Douglas is expected to have a key role to play in Fareham’s trip to reigning champions Blackfield & Langley.

‘I rate Luke as one of the best keepers at our level,’ said Reds boss Matt Parr.

‘Blackfield are a big, strong, physical side who get a lot of their goals from set plays.

‘We will have to stand up to that and Luke’s quality and communication will be vital.

‘With just one defeat in seven games we can travel with confidence.’

Parr has a full squad to choose from.

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