Gosport ready to tackle Cherries test

Mike Gosney, left, could be involved for Gosport tonight
Mike Gosney, left, could be involved for Gosport tonight
Gosport have taken a lift from Craig McAllister's leadership. Picture: Keith Woodland

Gosport encouraged ahead of Redditch trip

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Gosport Borough have a shot at Championship outfit AFC Bournemouth in the Hampshire Senior Cup quarter-final at Privett Park tonight (7.45pm).

Borough boss Alex Pike reckons the Cherries youth side will pose a tough test for his relegation-battling Skrill South squad.

‘Whatever Bournemouth team we come up against they will all be Championship aspiring players and on paper above our level,’ said Pike.

‘For us it is a welcome distraction from the league and hopefully with that pressure off we can go out and express ourselves.

‘If we can get a win under our belt then that can only help breed confidence.’

Pike hopes to have forwards Mike Gosney and Dan Wooden in his squad.

Gosney came on as substitute at Eastleigh after injury while Wooden has missed out on playing time due to illness.

Midfield player Tom Dunford could be ruled out long term because of a knee injury.

AFC Portchester and Petersfield Town clash at Wicor Mill (7.45pm).

It’s another big opportunity for Petersfield to show their quality against a team from the higher division.

Town are unbeaten in Wessex League division one this season and on course to win promotion.

For premier division outfit Portchester it represents a difficult test.

First team coach Louis Bell knows his side will have to be focused if they are to reach the last four.

Bell said: ‘Petersfield have already beaten teams in our league this season so we will have to be on our mettle,’ said coach Louis Bell.

Winger Jake Thomson could make his Portchester debut.

Moneyfields are in Wessex League premier division action against Alresford Town at Dover Road (7.45pm).

Strikers Warren Hunt and Steve Hutchings are suspended, so Dan Gauntlett could get the striking role.

Jake Raine is also in contention for Moneys.

Fareham Town will be aiming to maintain their winning start to the year against lowly Fawley at Cams Alders (7.45pm).