Deans expect big test at Winterbourne in FA Vase clash... Reds will battle on

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Horndean manager Dave Carter reckons progress in the FA Vase depends on how well his side can adapt to the 3G pitch at Winterbourne United (3pm).

Carter takes his side to visit the Western League side in the first qualifying round of the national competition.

I will have to choose my team carefully because the speed of the ball and the game will be much quicker

Dave Carter

The nature of the playing surface will have a direct bearing on Carter’s team selection.

‘It will be a lot different for us and could prove to be a big leveller for the home team who play on it every other week,’ said Carter.

‘I will have to choose my team carefully because the speed of the ball and the game will be much quicker.

‘We are more than capable of going there and winning and we did manage to get a couple of hours practice in on a similar surface.

‘Having gone out of the FA Cup early we want to make sure that we have a good run in the Vase.’

Carter will have to decide whether to risk striker Rob Tambling, who has been out with shin splints.

Lewis Stockford and Mark Smith are unavailable.

But Nathan Kirby and Nick Tayler are in contention to feature.

Fareham Town are without Adam Fisher for their trip to fellow Wessex League premier division side Verwood Town (3pm).

Fisher broke his leg against Folland Sports in midweek and is in hospital waiting to undergo an operation.

Manager Steve Stone admits it has been difficult to focus after the incident.

‘Our main concern has been the welfare of our player,’ said Stone.

‘I have a good honest group of players who are committed to doing well even though it is difficult.

‘It is important for us financially to try to get through a few rounds of the Vase.’

In the Wessex League premier division, Moneyfields host Folland Sports at Dover Road.

Miles Rutherford’s men will be eager to get back to winning ways (3pm).

Two successive defeats in the last week has seen the Copnor club exit the FA Cup and drop three points at home to Lymington Town in the league.

Manager Rutherford blames sloppy defending.

‘You can’t keep giving away goals like we have and expect to win football matches,’ said Rutherford.

AFC Portchester can maintain the pressure on the top four by beating Newport at Wicor Rec (3pm).

Royals striker Jason Parish is in top form, having scored four goals in his two games since returning from injury.