Home comfort in Vase draw

Matt Parr
Matt Parr
Theo Lewis scored for the Hawks in the 38th minute at Wealdstone. Picture: Habibur Rahman

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AFC Portchester and Fareham Town are eyeing further FA Vase glory after being handed home ties in the second round of the competition.

Both face Western League opposition.

Shepton Mallet will visit Wicor Rec to take on Portchester.

And Bitton journey to Cams Alders.

Meanwhile, if Moneyfields win tomorrow night’s replay at Christchurch they will face a trip to Bath-based Odd Down.

Portchester director of football Mick Jenkins is pleased with his team’s draw.

He said: ‘It is nice to get a home tie for a change.

‘We want to go as far as we can in this competition and if we can get a big crowd behind us it will certainly help.

‘Teams from the Wessex League have got to the final stages in the past and a good run will help put us on the map.

‘We know Shepton Mallet won’t be easy after we nicked a win at Bradford Town, who play in the same league, in the last round.

‘If we want to progress then we will have to show a big improvement.

‘This will be a big game and it is just good to be hosting it.

‘Hopefully it will catch the imagination of the local football community.

‘Competition for places is increasing all the time with a number of players coming back from injury.

‘We are also hoping to bring another couple in.’

Fareham Town will relish the chance to overturn an FA Cup defeat, three years ago, at Bitton.

Red’s manager Matt Parr believes home advantage can make all the difference.

‘This is a good draw for us,’ said Parr.

‘Being at home is such a big thing in this competition.

‘We are going well at the moment and hopefully can keep this team together.

‘I believe it is good enough to push for a top-four finish in our league.’

Parr will be resting a number of his senior players for tonight’s Russell-Cotes Cup game against Hampshire Premier League opponents AFC Stoneham.

Wessex League first division side Petersfield take on Skrill South outfit Gosport Borough.