Borough bidding to extend cup form at Totton & Eling

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Gosport Borough aim to continue their good cup form when they visit Wessex League premier division side Totton & Eling in the Hampshire Senior Cup (7.45pm).

Borough knocked Slough Town out of the FA Trophy at the weekend with an emphatic 3-0 win, and Borough assistant-manager Mick Catlin is targeting a repeat performance.

‘This is another competition where we want to progress and feel we can do well in,’ said Catlin.

‘We are taking it seriously because winning is a good habit to get into.

‘A few changes will be made but it will still be a strong side out tonight.

‘Totton & Eling have a new ground and it will be our first visit, so we are looking forward to it.

‘I know their manager Kev Dawtry and he will have his side fired up for this one.

‘It will be a difficult test and we will see if the lads coming in can rise to the challenge.’

Also in the Hampshire Cup, Petersfield host Sholing at Love Lane (7.45pm).

Fareham Town and Hayling United are both in premier division action.

The in-form Reds will fancy their chances of taking all three points against lowly Laverstock & Ford at Cams Alders (7.45pm), but Hayling face a far tougher test across the Solent against a lively Brading Town outfit.

Injury-ravaged Horndean host Puma Engineering Hampshire premier outfit Fleetlands at Five Heads Park in the Portsmouth Senior Cup (7.45pm).

‘At the moment we are desperately trying to get people fit,’ said Horndean manager Dave Carter.

‘I have up to nine players missing through injury and suspension and I’m down to a bare-bones squad.

‘It will be a chance to bring in some of the lads who have been doing well in the reserves.

‘I might need to bring some players in.’

Striker Gary Austin looks as though he could be out for a lengthy spell after damaging his knee ligaments, while Alex Milroy is suspended.

Aaron Fennemore is likely to be another absentee with knee problems, and on-loan Hawks midfielder Bobby Hopkinson is wanted back by his parent club.

In Ryman League one south, Bognor travel to Ramsgate (7.45pm).