Rix calls on Royals to put things right in Russell Cotes Cup

AFC Portchester boss Graham Rix   Picture: Neil Marshall
AFC Portchester boss Graham Rix Picture: Neil Marshall
Horndean are aiming to make Cup progress at the second attempt

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Graham Rix wants AFC Portchester to use their Russell Cotes Cup tie against Romsey Town at Wicor Rec to get back into a winning mood (7.45pm).

The Royals have only played one Wessex League premier division game in the last month but have been having a disastrous time in the knock-out competitions.

They have exited the FA Vase, the Wessex League Cup and the Portsmouth Senior Cup in this period.

As holders of the League Cup, the defeat in that competition at the hands of local rivals Fareham Town was particularly disappointing.

In their one league game, Portchester forced a 3-3 draw at Brockenhurst despite finishing the game with nine men.

They had Joe Bye and Rob Evans sent off but still managed to fight back and force a draw.

Rix wants them to show the same battling qualities in the games ahead.

‘I was proud of my players at Brockenhurst,’ said Rix.

‘We were 3-1 down and had players sent off but still got it back to 3-3.

‘The players showed tremendous fighting spirit and determination and I was delighted with them.

‘I want us to carry that on against Romsey and start a long winning run.

‘We have only lost once in the league all season but have drawn too many games.

‘It is vital that we turn those draws into wins.

‘From my point of view it is a question of getting back into a winning habit.’

At Brockenhurst, Bye was sent off for two yellow cards and Evans for foul and abusive language.

Rix felt Evans was unfortunate.

‘The lad had made a mistake and the language he used was directed at himself,’ said Rix.

In the last round, the Royals thumped Whitchurch United 5-1 and will start as hot favourites to progress at the expense of their first division visitors.

The home side have a full squad to choose from.

Also in Russell Cotes Cup action, Horndean face a stern test against Sholing Sports at the Silverlake Stadium.

Meanwhile, the weather wiped out the two ties scheduled to take place last night with both Gosport Borough v Cowes Sports and Moneyfields v Ringwood Town postponed because of waterlogged pitches.