Duo have Vase in their sights

Jack Salter-Vaile
Jack Salter-Vaile
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Local Wessex League premier division rivals Hayling United and AFC Portchester go head to head in an appetising FA Vase second qualifying-round contest at Hayling College (3pm).

And Humbugs manager Steve Poulton is expecting an entertaining closely-fought tie between the two sides.

‘Both teams have a reputation for trying to play good football,’ said Poulton.

‘It is important to do well in this competition because if you can get through a few rounds it starts to raise the profile of the club.

‘A good run in this competition is guaranteed to get the juices running and gets people talking. We are working hard to increase the sense of community spirit in the club and the involvement of local people.

‘Kids can come to games free with their parents and another Vase win could see us attract a few more.’

Hayling have made a solid start to the season, including a good 3-1 Hampshire Senior Cup win over Bournemouth Poppies in midweek.

Both teams have match-winners in their ranks and Poulton believes it is a hard one to call.

‘It will be down to whoever wants it most on the day,’ said Poulton.

The home side are without Dan Martin and injured trio Jack Salter-Vaile, Mike Turvey and Andy Brown.

Striker Lenny Burney is also an injury doubt.

AFC Portchester, who lost 3-2 to Newport in the Wessex League Cup on Wednesday night, are without nine senior players.

But manager Glenn Bridgman believes his squad has the depth to cope.

‘We have four players on holiday, three at a wedding and two injured,’ he said.

‘I still believe the players we send out, though, are good enough to do the job.’

Horndean will be without their boss Dave Carter for the Vase tie with Melksham Town at Five Heads Park.

The gaffer is away on holiday.

United Services host Dorset visitors Swanage Town & Herston at Burnaby Road and Petersfield Town travel to Warminster.

Moneyfields are in Wessex League premier division action against Bournemouth Poppies at Dover Road (3pm).

The clubs had their clash postponed last weekend.