Moneyfields have an extra incentive to get their hands on some FA Cup prize money when they hit the Wembley trail at Bradford Town tomorrow (3pm).
The Copnor club were forced to pay back their winnings last season, after it was discovered they had fielded an ineligible player.
An administrative error meant striker Steve Hutchings, who played in the early rounds, hadn’t got international clearance following his return from Australia.
Hutchings plays again tomorrow in what manager Miles Rutherford regards as a tough draw.
‘It is never easy playing against teams from the Bath and Bristol area,’ said Rutherford.
‘They are always very competitive and we are expecting another battle.’
Rutherford is hit by the loss of four key players for the game.
Jamie Hore (ankle), George Way (knee), Dougie Rowe (groin) and Jack Lee (wedding) are all missing.
AFC Portchester host fellow Wessex premier outfit Fawley at Wicor Rec.
Director of football Mick Jenkins is keen to get back to winning ways after the 5-0 midweek mauling by Moneyfields.
‘We need to be a lot better because a run in the FA Cup can make a big difference to a club at our level,’ said Jenkins.
The Royals hope to have Sammy Igoe and Jack Salter-Vaile back, but Danny Audin and Josh Madden are doubts.
Portchester are actively looking for a new striker but have failed to lure Rob Tambling away from Petersfield Town.
Tambling decided to stay at Love Lane and expects to figure as the Rams host Bristol Manor Farm in the Cup.
Manager Ian Saunders is looking for his team to bounce back after their heavy 6-1 loss against Folland Sports last weekend..
‘We have regrouped and are looking to re-install our self-belief,’ said Saunders.
‘Robbie’s decision to stay with us is a massive boost.
‘Bristol are a very good side so we will have to cut out the individual errors.’
Fareham Town will start as favourites at division one Romsey Town (3pm).
Manager Matt Parr was pleased to see his team get off the mark in the league following a 1-1 midweek draw against high-scoring Folland Sports.
‘We are hoping to repeat last season when we got through a few rounds which brought valuable finances into the club,’ said Parr.
Dave Carter’s Horndean have hired a 48-seater executive coach for their trip to Western League Corsham Town.