Brady hoping for Services with a smile

Phil Archbald, right
Phil Archbald, right
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UNITED SERVICES Portsmouth boss Bob Brady is relishing the visit of Moneyfields in the Hampshire Senior Cup at Burnaby Road tonight (7.45pm).

The Sailors knocked the Copnor club out of the Portsmouth Senior Cup last season and are gunning for a repeat performance.

Brady’s team are in good form in Wessex League division one – unlike their premier division visitors who are struggling to find any consistency.

The home side can also take confidence in the fact they have already knocked out Whitchurch United – who also play in the top flight – in the last round.

‘We are expecting a tough local derby and these games are always very competitive,’ said Brady.

‘If we can repeat last season’s performance against them then we will be in with a chance.

‘On that night we defended well and scored two magnificent goals.

‘We know that if we turn up on the night then we stand a chance of beating them.

‘If we don’t then it will be a lost cause.’

Brady expects to be boosted by the return of a number of players who missed Saturday’s 5-2 win over Laverstock & Ford in the league.

He hopes to have Phil Archbold and Harry Bass back in the squad, along with a few others.

Meanwhile, Moneys manager Miles Rutherford accepts the tie is a potential banana skin for his stuttering side, who he feels are struggling.

‘We are going to make a few changes and play a few who have not had regular games,’ said Rutherford.

‘At the moment we are in a bad place with quite a few players not in form.

‘Our performance against Cowes Sports on Saturday was woeful and probably the worst since I have witnessed since being in charge at the club.

‘Some of the players we have brought in have not performed to the level they should be at.

‘Something has to change and we will look at it as a club over the next few weeks ahead.’

FA Cup heroes AFC Portchester are looking for further success in the knockout competitions.

After negotiating their way into the second qualifying round of the Cup thanks to their stylish 3-0 win over Bristol Manor Farm at the weekend, they take on Locks Heath in the Portsmouth Senior Cup at Wicor Mill (7.45pm).

The home side will start as odds-on favourites against the struggling Puma Engineering Hampshire Premier League side.

‘It will be a chance to give some of our squad players who are champing at the bit a game,’ said manager Graham Rix.