Royals keen for a cup charge

Graham Rix. Picture: Mick Young
Graham Rix. Picture: Mick Young
Matt Tubbs played well against Sutton. Picture: Habibur Rahman

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AFC Portchester, Fareham Town and Horndean all face difficult tests as they get set to continue their FA Cup adventures.

The Royals host fellow Wessex League outfit Folland Sports at Wicor Rec in what promises to be a competitive local affair tomorrow (3pm).

Graham Rix’s side sneaked past Fawley 2-1 in the last round and will need to raise their game to see off Follands.

‘It is the FA Cup and that means a lot to the players and the club,’ said director of football Mick Jenkins.

‘There is over £2,000 up for grabs and that can be a big help to a club like ours.

‘Follands are a good, strong, physical side and we will have to match them and make sure we compete.

‘We have to make sure we are mentally right and approach the game with urgency and commitment.’

The absence of suspended pair Joe Bye and Craig Hardy is a big blow but striker Simon Woods returns.

Fareham Town entertain Western League premier division side Longwell Green Sports at Cams Alders(3pm).

‘It is important we make the most of home advantage but games against teams from the Bristol area are always tough,’ said Reds manager Matt Parr.

‘We are unbeaten in five games and feel capable of beating anybody at our level at home.’

Striker Graham Lindsey and midfielder Liam Robinson are back for the Reds.

Horndean are boosted by the return of Lewis Stockford for their long trip to Southern League side Cinderford Town tomorrow (3pm).

His quality in midfield is important.

‘Lewis has been terrific and we miss him when he isn’t there because of work commitments,’ said Deans manager Dave Carter.

‘Although Cinderford play in a league higher we are confident we can give them a good game.’

Ellis Martin and Dan Ayres are struggling with illness but Carter has Kev Chatfield and Alex Shephard back.

In the Wessex League premier division Moneyfields entertain Brockenhurst at Dover Road tomorrow (3pm).

Petersfield Town host Andover Town at Love Lane (3pm).