Petersfield aim to upset Horndean in Cup

Horndean's Dan Hayes is a doubt due to injury
Horndean's Dan Hayes is a doubt due to injury
Hawks boss Lee Bradbury. Picture: Habibur Rahman

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Petersfield Town have their sights set on another FA Cup upset but Horndean stand in their way in the first qualifying round at Love Lane (3pm)

It promises to be an exciting derby clash, pitting Ian Saunders’ Wessex League first division side against premier opposition.

Petersfield knocked out premier division champions Blackfield & Langley in the last round.

‘Having picked up a first FA Cup win for 27 years we are hungry for more,’ said Saunders.

‘We are equally up for this one and are expecting a tasty, feisty tie.’

Horndean manager Dave Carter’s plans have been hit by injury problems.

Dan Hayes, Nathan Paxton, Alex Miroy and Dan Ayres are all struggling to be fit.

‘Players have been queuing outside our physio’s door this week,’ said Carter.

‘But we are determined not to become another scalp for Petersfield.

‘With only three miles between the two clubs bragging rights are up for grabs.’

Moneyfields need to regain their goal touch if they are to beat Bristol-based Longwell Green Sports at Dover Road (3pm).

Miles Rutherford’s team have gone off the boil in front of goal in recent games.

‘For some reason our goals have dried up,’ said manager Miles Rutherford.

‘We are still creating chances and it is disappointing we have not been taking them.’

Defender Dave Birmingham could be back from injury to boost Moneys.

AFC Portchester’s chances of causing an upset at Southern League Godalming Town could be boosted by the return of winger Louie Castles from injury.

Craig Hardy and Nathan Kirby are set to return after being rested over the bank holiday.

‘This is a big game for us and we are starting to play with a lot more confidence and belief,’ said director of football Mick Jenkins.

‘We like to think we can go there and cause an upset.’

Fareham Town head to fellow Wessex League premier division side Newport.

Reds boss Matt Parr expects a close match.

‘I don’t thing there is a lot between us and it will boil down to who wants it more on the day,’ said Parr.

‘We have to make sure that it is us.’

Wayne Boud switched to Blackfield & Langley last week but Fareham have Sam Doswell back after injury.