Portchester are determined to build on ‘fantastic work’

Five Heads Park pitch was waterlogged. Picture: Mick Young
Five Heads Park pitch was waterlogged. Picture: Mick Young
Matt Tubbs played well against Sutton. Picture: Habibur Rahman

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AFC Portchester are determined to lay the foundations to climb higher up the non-league pyramid in the next few years.

The Royals are making an impact in only their second season in the Wessex League premier division.

They were denied the chance to play at Fawley on Saturday with the contest postponed.

But Graham Rix’s side are pushing hard for a top-four finish this season.

The club have also applied to join the Southern League if they can finish high enough.

Director of football Mick Jenkins knows even greater financial and playing resources will be needed if the club move up.

‘We want to build on the fantastic work done at the club in laying the foundations over the last 10 years,’ said Jenkins.

‘The ambition is to reach the Southern League, even though we know achieving it won’t be easy.

‘A lot of work has been done getting the infrastructure put in place.

‘In the next six to eight weeks we should complete our sponsors lounge which will bring in extra revenue.

‘We have attracted some good sponsors and foundations are being laid for a new stand, adjacent to new terracing that we opened in the summer.

‘Another sponsor has also donated a temporary stand that we can put behind one of the goals to provide seating for visitors.

‘A lot of money has also been invested into the playing surface, so that it is conducive to the passing game manager Graham Rix and coach Louis Bell want the team to play.

‘Off the pitch we have also received a lot of support from ex-Pompey physio Gary Sadler.

‘It is all about running the club on a more professional level and, in doing so, attracting a higher calibre of player.

‘It is my job to try to 
bring all these elements together.’

Horndean’s clash with Verwood was also postponed on Saturday with Five Heads Park waterlogged.

Fareham Town’s home game against Lymington was called off and Moneyfields were denied their trip to Downton as the rain hit hard.