Rams want Cup run... Moneys eye upset... Test for Royals

Dougie Rowe. Picture: Neil Marshall
Dougie Rowe. Picture: Neil Marshall
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Petersfield Town and Moneyfields will do battle in the FA Cup at Dover Road tomorrow (3pm).

The Southern League Rams will be looking to get only their third ever victory in the world’s most famous cup competition to take them through to the first qualifying round.

It would be the first time the club have achieved this since they changed their name from United to Town.

But Moneys will be determined to stop Ian Saunders’ side in their tracks.

Saunders has warned his squad it will be a difficult task as they aim to book a home tie against Weymouth in the next round.

‘Moneyfields will be desperate to take our scalp,’ said Town boss Saunders.

‘The game will probably not be the prettiest to watch but it will undoubtedly be very competitive, as matches always are between these two sides when they play.

‘The FA Cup brings a different kind of pressure as we will no doubt start the game as favourites but we will be going there looking to win.’

Moneyfields manager Miles Rutherford believes there is not much between the two sides, even though the visitors are now playing a level above in the Southern League central division.

‘We drew both games with them last season before they were promoted as champions,’ said Rutherford.

‘The FA Cup is different, though, and a one-off.

‘If we play to our full potential then we can be in with a chance against most local teams.’

Rutherford is waiting to find out if striker Steve Hutchings and central defender Tom Chapman are fit to play after injury troubles.

Jack Lee, with a fractured foot, and Dan Gauntlett, who had seven stitches in a cut to the head, are ruled out.

Striker Dougie Rowe is in contention to return from a year out injured.

AFC Portchester host Southern League side AFC Totton at Wicor Rec (3pm).

Graham Rix’s side will aim to bounce back after losing 1-0 at Whitchurch in the Wessex League premier division on Wednesday.

The Royals have signed former Pompey Academy striker Lewis Gill.