Rix calls for Portchester to make up lost ground

AFC Portchester boss Graham Rix
AFC Portchester boss Graham Rix
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Graham Rix wants AFC Portchester to start closing in on the top sides as they host Winchester City in the Wessex League premier division tomorrow (3pm).

The Royals are in mid-table but have games in hand on most of the teams above them.

Rix is plotting an assault on the leading teams and is looking for a win over City to get them on their way.

He said: ‘This is a big game for us because we have to show that we deserve to be up there.

‘It is important to make sure we make our games in hand count.

‘Winchester have splashed a bit of cash and it is a chance for us to show what we are made of.

‘This is the sort of game we need to be winning if we are to get in among the leading teams.’

Sean Thurgood and Jack Salter-Vaile are two injury doubts for the Royals.

Struggling Fareham Town face a tough task to turn around their fortunes against Petersfield Town at Cams Alders (3pm).

The Reds have had a difficult week with two more defeats sending them into the bottom two.

Matt Parr’s side lost 4-2 at Petersfield a week ago but will be looking to turn the tables this time.

‘It was disappointing to drop into the relegation places but we are determined to keep going,’ said Parr.

Town are four points behind leaders Moneyfields at the top of the table.

Moneys are hoping to complete a hat-trick of wins over Brockenhurst this season but boss Miles Rutherford is wary.

He said: ‘Brockenhurst have shown that on their day they can beat anyone in our league and will be dangerous opponents.’

Horndean manager Dave Carter is without regular defenders Dan Hayes and Tony Worsfold for the visit to Fawley

‘We have been going well with just two defeats in our last 15 games and we want to keep the run going,’ said Carter.

‘This is the sort of game where it is easy to slip up but we want the three points to keep pushing for the top eight.’