Moneys boss wary of Baffins banana skin

Moneyfields boss Dave Carter, right    Picture: Neil Marshall
Moneyfields boss Dave Carter, right Picture: Neil Marshall
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Portsmouth Senior Cup action takes centre stage tomorrow as Baffins Milton Rovers and Moneyfields meet in the semi-finals at the Kendall Sports Ground (3pm).

The winners will meet the Hawks in the final at Fratton Park at the end of the month.

Moneys boss Dave Carter is expecting a tricky test against their Hampshire League premier division opponents.

‘This is a huge game for both teams,’ said Carter.

‘We will be regarded as favourites but the tie represents a huge banana skin for us.

‘Baffins have won their league and will be right up for this game.

‘We have only lost once in our last 15 games so will go into the game quietly confident.

‘Our midweek draw at Brockenhurst guaranteed us a top-10 finish in the Wessex League premier division.

‘We have pulled up from 17th place in the league to eighth and an end-of-season cup final would be a just reward for the efforts the players have put in.

‘To win the tie we will need to play good football and have a few things go our way.’

Carter is forced to make a number of changes due to injury and unavailability.

Gary Austin is definitely out injured and there is a doubt over Dan Woodward who picked up a knock in midweek.

Lewis Stockford, Alex Shephard and goalkeeper Matt Shortt are all cup-tied.

In the Wessex League premier division, AFC Portchester host champions Salisbury at Wicor Rec (3pm).

The Royals will be looking to build on their midweek success over Bournemouth Poppies when goals from Jason Parish and Curtis Robbins gave them a 2-0 win.

In-form Horndean welcome Bemerton Heath Harlequins to Five Heads Park (3pm), while Fareham Town travel to Andover Town (3pm).

It will be a fourth game in seven days for both clubs.

– KEVIN RICKETTS