Moneys need a lift after FA Cup exit

Dougie Rowe. Picture: Neil Marshall
Dougie Rowe. Picture: Neil Marshall
AFC Portchester cruised to victory. Picture: Neil Marshall

Frustration for Fareham... Royals cruise through

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Moneyfields can get their FA Cup exit out of their system by picking up three Wessex League premier division points against Lymington Town at Dover Road tonight (7.45pm).

The Copnor side were disappointed to go out 2-1 against 10-man Petersfield Town with manager Miles Rutherford calling it a missed opportunity.

He wants them to make up for it with a win over the New Forest visitors.

‘It is important we bounce back so that makes this a big game for us,’ said Rutherford.

‘We have got to get some belief back into our camp because we under-performed in the FA Cup.

‘The players know they have been grinding out results in the league without playing well.

‘Individually, they haven’t done badly but they have not been great collectively – working as a team.

‘We must sort ourselves out at set-pieces where we have conceded some poor goals.

‘Until we do that then we will continue to struggle.’

The home side are without long-term absentees Jack Lee and Dean Arnold.

Meanwhile, Dan Gauntlett is a doubt having only just had seven stitches removed from a head wound.

Rutherford hopes to have strikers Steve Hutchings and Dougie Rowe available.

AFC Portchester are aiming to continue their knockout form at Team Solent in the Hampshire Senior Cup (7.45pm).

The Royals dumped Southern League AFC Totton out of the FA Cup at the weekend.

But they are expecting another tricky test from the Southampton-based outfit.

‘With the final usually played at St Mary’s or Fratton Park, it is a competition we want to do well in,’ said AFC Portchester manager Graham Rix.

‘Our opponents are new in our league and with their students back will be fit and enthusiastic.

‘They have a good playing surface, so we can go and play our football.’

Fareham Town will fancy their chances of seeing off Folland Sports in the Hampshire Senior Cup tonight (7.45pm).

The Reds chalked up an excellent away win at Whitchurch in the Wessex League premier division on Saturday.

Whitchurch have already beaten Salisbury City and AFC Portchester this season.

Follands, meanwhile, are rooted at the bottom of the premier division table without a win.

Horndean will start as firm favourites against division one visitors Alton Town at Five Heads Park (7.45pm).