Moneys after sweet success in the Cup

Lee Tigwell will miss Fareham's game against Bemerton Heath Harlequins Picture: Mick Young
Lee Tigwell will miss Fareham's game against Bemerton Heath Harlequins Picture: Mick Young
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Wessex LEAGUE clubs take an early break from league action tomorrow to set out on the road to Wembley.

The extra preliminary round of the FA Cup will be the focus, with the opportunity to earn some extra cash also a motivating factor.

Moneyfields are hoping to make the most of home advantage as the in-form Western League Cadbury Heath travel to Dover Road (3pm).

Both teams are unbeaten this season and Moneys manager Miles Rutherford is expecting a tough test.

‘They are a bit of an unknown quantity but we expect them to be a good side,’ said Rutherford.

‘If we play as well as we did in midweek against Bournemouth then we will give ourselves a good chance.

‘It was probably the best 90-minute team performance for a few years, with everyone playing their part for once.’

Horndean are also in action against Western League visitors Calne Town at Five Heads Park (3pm).

‘There is always a little extra bit of spice when it is the FA Cup against a team you don’t know anything about,’ said manager Dave Carter.

‘We got through a few rounds last season and hope to do the same because it brings some important finance into the club.

‘There is £1,500 for the winners in this round – that can make a big difference to a small club like us.’

Carter is boosted by the return of Dan Hayes, Nathan Paxton and Dan Ayres from holiday.

Fareham Town have a tricky visit to fellow Wessex League hosts Bemerton Heath Harlequins, who they beat in the first game of the season.

‘This is a tough draw because they will be set on exacting revenge for the opening-day defeat,’ said Reds manager Matt Parr.

‘Both teams had a few out that day and it will be a lot harder at their place.’

Parr has to do without the unavailable Josh Cripps and Lee Tigwell.

AFC Portchester manager Graham Rix knows all about the FA Cup, boasting three final appearances and a winners medal with Arsenal in the 1970s.

His side face an awkward tie against Team Solent – the students of Southampton Solent University – from the Wessex League first division.

‘Our opponents will be fit, energetic and enthusiastic,’ said Rix.

Rix will be reunited with the Cup tomorrow as it makes an appearance at Test Park – alongside Lawrie McMenemy, who won the famous competition while manager of Southampton in 1976.

Petersfield Town are hoping to spring a surprise on reigning Wessex League champions Blackfield & Langley at Love Lane.