Carter keen to make it third-time lucky in Cup

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Horndean manager Dave Carter is hoping it will be third-time lucky as his team host Newport IoW in the FA Cup tomorrow (3pm).

Carter’s men have twice been knocked out at the first round qualifying stage in recent seasons.

But the Deans recorded a great win in the last round to knock out Southern League Cinderford Town.

With home advantage tomorrow, Carter is optimistic his team can continue their Cup run against the Isle of Wight side, who are leading the Wessex League premier division.

‘It would be nice to finally progress into the next round and get the chance to draw a plum tie against a Conference South team,’ said Carter.

‘There is also another £3,000 at stake which is important to a little club like ours.

‘We put in a terrific performance to win at Cinderford in the last round.

‘To win up there was no mean feat.

‘If we can repeat that level of performance we will give ourselves every chance.

‘We are also going well in the league so confidence is high.’

Carter has recruited Lewis Stockford, Ellis Martin, Nathan Kirby, Jack McFarland and goalkeeper Lyall Beazley.

All have played at a higher level and come through the ranks at professional clubs.

With experienced Wessex player Gary Austin knocking in nine goals in 10 games so far, the Deans look equipped to do well.

However, Carter could be without Stockford and Jack Warren tomorrow due to work commitments, while Nathan Paxton is a doubt with a calf injury.

Gavin Spurway is back in contention after recovering from injury.

‘We have been putting in some professional performances and need another one here if we are to go through,’ said Carter.

Moneyfields travel to Andover Town in the Wessex League premier division.

Miles Rutherford’s men have enjoyed a strong start to the season with five wins from seven matches so far.

Petersfield Town are also in league action as they visit Lymington Town.