Portchester boss relishing Pompey test

AFC Portchester boss Graham Rix. Picture: Malcolm Wells (142128-2159)
AFC Portchester boss Graham Rix. Picture: Malcolm Wells (142128-2159)
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AFC Portchester boss Graham Rix is relishing the visit of his old club to Wicor Rec tonight (7.45pm).

Andy Awford is sending a young Pompey XI to test the Wessex League premier division outfit on what is a big occasion for the hosts.

A delighted Rix is grateful to the Blues boss for making it happen.

‘We are expecting a good few people through the gate and that is great for us,’ said the Portchester boss.

‘There are a lot of Portsmouth fans in the Portchester area and it is good for them to come and see their team play at Wicor Rec.

‘We have to thank Andy Awford for fitting us into their busy schedule.

‘For us it is a wonderful opportunity to show people what a well-run club we are both on and off the pitch.

‘It can only heighten the profile of our club.

‘We want people to come along and enjoy the occasion.’

Portchester began their pre-season friendly programme with a 4-1 defeat by Ryman League Worthing on Saturday.

Rix was not concerned by the result, though.

‘Worthing play a couple of leagues above us and on the day were better,’ he said.

‘But it was our first outing and we didn’t want it to be perfect.

‘It has highlighted ares to work on for us and that is always useful.

‘The players have worked hard and there is a great spirit in the squad.’

Wessex League premier division new-boys Petersfield Town continue their preparations against Southern League Godalming Town at Love Lane (7.45pm).

Town hammered 12 past Chichester City United at the weekend with Ryan Coker continuing his hot scoring streak.

Coker has scored five goals in his last three games.

Manager Ian Saunders is expecting a stiffer test from Godalming, though.

‘We have acquitted ourselves well so far but we are expecting this one to be tough,’ he said.

‘I am still looking to add one or two to my squad before the start of the season.’

Fareham Town visit Hampshire League Stockbridge (7.45pm) and Moneyfields host Farnham Town (6.30pm).