Borough opt for youth in Cup

United Services manager Bob Brady
United Services manager Bob Brady
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Gosport Borough will be looking to avoid conceding a cup double when they meet AFC Portchester in the Portsmouth Senior Cup at Privett Park tonight (7.45pm).

The Royals knocked the National League South team out of the Hampshire Senior Cup last month.

However, Borough boss Alex Pike is looking to use the game to give some of his fringe players an opportunity.

‘We have some exciting young players in our under-21 and academy set-up,’ said Pike.

‘This is a chance to freshen things up a little and have a look at a few players.’

Portchester will head into the game fresh, after having a week’s break.

United Services Portsmouth manager Bob Brady is expecting a tough test from Hampshire League visitors Baffins Milton Rovers at Burnaby Road.

‘Although Baffins play a level below us, they have a number of Wessex League standard players in their squad,’ said Brady.

‘They have knocked us out of the competition in the last two years so we will look to turn that around.

‘A local derby is always that little bit tastier.

‘If we can repeat some of our strong, recent performances then we should be alright.

‘Baffins will certainly make it difficult and if we go out thinking we have already won we will come unstuck.’

Matt Jones continues to step in for absent manager Dave Carter as Moneyfields host Horndean Hawks at Dover Road (7.45pm).

Carter returns from holiday on Friday in time for their opening game in the FA Vase.

‘The cup game is a chance to give a few other players a chance to come in,’ said Jones.

‘We have a number of suspensions coming into force at the weekend.’

Newly-appointed manager Craig Pearce takes Horndean to Liss Athletic on Wednesday night.

Pearce began his tenure with a baptism of fire at Sholing Sports, where Deans suffered a 2-0 defeat.

‘I was pleased with the effort the players put in at Sholing,’ said Pearce.

‘We will use this cup game to prepare for our important FA Vase tie at home against Barnstaple on Saturday.’