Baffins Milton Rovers' Wessex League Cup defence will need to be done the hard way

Shane Cornish is back in contention for Baffins' trip to Brockenhurst. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (161281-2)Shane Cornish is back in contention for Baffins' trip to Brockenhurst. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (161281-2)
Shane Cornish is back in contention for Baffins' trip to Brockenhurst. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (161281-2)
Steve Leigh accepts if Baffins Milton Rovers are going to retain the Wessex League Cup they will have to do it the hard way.

Their home tie against Brockenhurst has been switched to the New Forest club’s ground tomorrow.

Four attempts to stage the tie at the PMC Stadium have been scuppered by the weather and, as a result, league officials have ordered the game to be moved.

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With Brockenhurst suffering floodlight problems, the third-round tie will kick-off at the earlier time of 2pm.

Baffins boss Leigh is predicting a tough game against an unpredictable Brockenhurst team.

‘It was fantastic for the club to win the League Cup last season,’ he said.

‘You have to remember the club has only been going seven years and it was the culmination of a lot of hard work.

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‘At the start of the season, our ambition was to finish as high up the league as we could and aim to reach a cup final.

‘We are still in two cups and it will be another superb achievement if we can reach another final.

‘It is going to be very tough at Brockenhurst who, on their day, can be a very good side.

‘They possess some talented players and we will need to be at our best to get into the next round.

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‘We have had an email saying if the tie isn't decided we will try again at Brockenhurst on Tuesday night.

‘I am not sure how that is going to work with the issue they have with their floodlights.’

The winners are due to host AFC Stoneham in the quarter-finals.

Baffins ended their poor post-Christmas run with a 2-0 home win against Hamble Club in their last outing on February 8 thanks to goals from Tommy Tierney and Jamie White.

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Although his side were far from convincing, the result was all important.

‘When you are on a bad run you have to dig deep to get a win,’ said Leigh.

‘It wasn't pretty against Hamble and we had to ride our luck at times.

‘Sometimes, it is a relief just to get three points on the board.

‘A win, however you get it, breeds confidence.

‘We need to take this into our cup tie.’

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Leigh is boosted by having Shane Cornish and Tyler Moret back in contention.

But one player definitely not featuring is Callum Glen, who has returned to US Portsmouth.

Leigh knows his side face a busy end to their season - 16 league games between now and April 25 plus cup ties - but is looking forward to a consistent run of games.

‘The weather has disrupted everyone,’ he remarked.

‘I am fed up of constantly training without any games.

‘In the circumstances, all we can do is keep preparing as much as we can.’

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