Baffins looking to reverse form at Bashley

Baffins boss Steve Leigh, left, and assistant Steve Ledger. Picture: Chris Moorhouse
Baffins boss Steve Leigh, left, and assistant Steve Ledger. Picture: Chris Moorhouse

BAFFINS MILTON ROVERS visit Bashley looking to turn the tables on their hosts in the FA Vase first-round proper on Saturday (3pm).

Steve Leigh’s side suffered a 2-1 defeat in the Wessex League premier division at the New Forest outfit earlier this season.

However, the boss felt his side were unlucky on that occasion and is confident Baffins can win the tie.

‘I felt we were the better side only to concede at two set-pieces,' said Leigh.

‘Bashley are a good side and we are aware of just how tough it is going to be.

‘On our day we can be a match for anyone, but have to make sure we approach it in the right way.

‘That includes taking our chances when they come.'

Leigh has bolstered his squad by signing midfielder George Root on dual-registration with Moneyfields.

Meanwhile, Michael Birmingham knows Horndean face a tough tie at Eversely & California.

The Combined Counties League division one side shocked Lymington Town in the last round.

Deans boss Birmingham said: ‘Our performances have been good recently but in the Vase form goes out of the window.

‘In cup games it is often who has the more bottle on the day.’

Fareham Town travel to Southern Counties East premier division outfit AFC Croydon Athletic.

In Wessex League division one, United Services host Fawley. Petersfield Town welcome Whitchurch United to Love Lane (3pm).