Portchester players are fighting for cup final places

Graham Rix
Graham Rix
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AFC Portchester finish their Wessex League premier division campaign with a visit to newly crowned champions Sholing Sports (3pm).

Royals manager Graham Rix regards it as an ideal test ahead of the upcoming Russell-Cotes Cup final against local rivals Fareham Town.

‘The players know they are playing for their places in the cup final team,’ said Rix.

‘We have not won anything like it before so it is important that we go into it on the back of a good performance.

‘It won’t be easy because Sholing are streets ahead of everybody else in our league.

‘They are also in the FA Vase final which shows their quality.

‘We have had a great season, though, and are determined not to let it peter out.

Despite being deducted six points for fielding an ineligible player, the Royals are on course for a top-10 finish.

Rix is excited by the progress being made at the club in only their second year at premier division level.

He feels they have the potential to push on up the non-league pyramid in future.

‘It is a work in progress,’ said Rix.

‘Big changes have already been made on and off the pitch, with the reserves, under-18s and to the ground.

‘They are exciting times and I am thoroughly enjoying myself.

‘We want to make sure that when we do go up we are ready as a club to cope with it.

‘The biggest plus for me this season has been the commitment and spirit shown by the players.

‘I couldn’t have asked any more from them.

‘Now we want to go to Sholing and come back with a good result.’