Free hit for Horndean at Margate

Horndean manager Michael Birmingham.
Horndean manager Michael Birmingham.

BOSS Michael Brimingham believes Horndean’s first-round qualifying FA Cup tie at Margate is a free hit for his side.

The Bostik League premier division outfit play two levels above the Deans.

Birmingham’s men are the underdogs heading into the Hartsdown Park clash tomorrow.

The boss doesn’t expect his side to win – but insists Horndean will go for their hosts’ jugular. 

‘This is a free hit for us,' said Birmingham.

‘It is one of the toughest draws we could have got.

‘We are not expected to get through so we can hopefully go and express ourselves and put on a show.

‘Being the FA Cup, of course there is the feeling that anything can happen.

‘Margate are a big, powerful side with plenty of quality in their ranks.

‘If we are to pull off an upset then we will have to be at our very best.

‘At the same time, Margate will need to have an off-day.’

Meanwhile, in the Wessex League premier division, AFC Portchester are desperate to get back to winning ways after their 6-0 FA Vase thrashing at Bashley.

Joint-manager Mick Catlin is demanding a reaction.

He said: ‘Our last performance was bitterly disappointing.

‘Hopefully our players are still hurting from it. We need a much-improved display.’

Baffins Milton Rovers are aiming to halt buoyant Bashley, while Fareham look to extend their six-game unbeaten run at Alresford.