Familiar formula for Hawks

Hawks boss Lee Bradbury
Hawks boss Lee Bradbury
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Hawks BOSS Lee Bradbury will stick to a familiar formula for tonight’s Portsmouth Senior Cup semi-final against Fareham Town at Cams Alders (7.45pm).

In previous rounds Bradbury fielded a mixture of youth team and fringe players not getting regular football at Westleigh Park.

‘It is a chance for some of my senior players not getting a lot of game time to get some minutes under their belt,’ said Bradbury.

‘The youth team players will also get an opportunity to play in men’s football which will be good for them.’

Fareham manager Matt Parr has problems ahead of the tie because a number of his current squad are cup-tied.

‘I have brought a number of players in who have strengthened us but they cannot play,’ said Parr.

‘So I have to make do with a few players coming back from injury and some others on the fringe of the squad.

‘Whatever Hawks side we face we know that they will possess quality, so it will be a tricky night for us.

‘We will go out there and give it our best.’

In the other semi-final, Petersfield Town host United Services Portsmouth at Love Lane (also 7.45pm).

The home side, who have a six-point lead at the top of the Wessex League premier division, will start as firm favourites against their division one visitors.

Rams manager Ian Saunders knows his team cannot afford to be complacent.

‘Services beat Moneyfields in the last round so we know we won’t be able to take them lightly,’ said Saunders.

‘We had a couple of tough games against them last season and they will be keen to cause an upset.

‘They have got some dangerous players so we will have to be on our guard.

‘With the final of the competition played at Fratton Park we want to make sure we get there.’

The home side are without suspended striker Warren Hunt.

Meanwhile, Horndean entertain Blackfield & Langley in the quarter-finals of the Wessex League Cup at Five Heads Park.

‘This is a big game for us,’ said Horndean manager Dave Carter, who saw his side defeat Andover Town at the weekend.

‘We have won three of our last four games and started to get back where we were.’