Carter targets cup glory... Birmingham's Bashley mission
DAVE CARTER is pleased Moneyfields will start their FA Cup campaign at home against Christchurch at Dover Road.
The Copnor club will be firm favourites in the extra preliminary round against their Wessex League division one visitors on Saturday, August 6.
The winners of that tie face the winners of Whitchurch United and Cribbs, from the Western League premier division, in the preliminary round two weeks later.
‘We feel we have a good chance of getting through the early rounds,’ said Carter.
‘A good FA Cup run can also have a positive effect on the rest of your season.
‘It also creates added interest and an increased profile.’
In the FA Vase Moneyfields have a bye until the second round after reaching the fourth round last season.
Carter added: ‘The FA Vase is one of our priorities this season.
‘Ideally we would like to go all the way to Wembley and win it.’
Graham Rix, who was an FA Cup winner with Arsenal, takes his AFC Portchester side to fellow Wessex League premier division opponents Fawley in the opening round.
The reward for the winners is a home tie against Mangotsfield United from the Western League.
Newly-appointed Horndean manager Michael Birmingham faces a tough test at Bashley.
Birmingham, who experienced some great days in the FA Cup as a player with Bognor, is hoping to do the same with his new club.
‘I was part of the Bognor team that had a great run in the 1990s before being knocked out by Peterborough United in the second round,’ said Birmingham.
‘Though Bashley have been relegated from the Southern League I still see them as a massive club and it will be a huge test for us.’
If they get through Horndean will face Sholing or Bournemouth.
In the FA Vase the Deans go to New Milton Town.
Fareham Town travel to Western League Bradford Town in the FA Cup.
United Services Portsmouth host Melksham Town, from the same league.
In the Vase, United Services go to Corsham Town with Devizes Town awaiting the winners.
Fareham have a second qualifying round trip to Shaftesbury Town, new to the Wessex League.