Rix keen to following Sholing’s example

AFC POrtchester boss Graham Rix
AFC POrtchester boss Graham Rix
Wes Fogden drew a good save from the Hampton & Richmond keeper in a rare attempt on goal. Picture: Duncan Shepherd

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AFC Portchester boss Graham Rix is backing his team to take a step closer to Wembley against Hellenic League Reading Town in the FA Vase tomorrow (3pm).

Rix made numerous appearances at the old Wembley during his illustrious playing career with Arsenal and England.

And he would love to see the Royals emulate Sholing Sports’ Vase trip to Wembley last season.

‘Sholing Sports showed what can be done by teams in our league,’ said Rix.

‘It is every player’s dream to play at Wembley and I am hoping that idea can spur our players on. This is a massive game for us.’

Confidence is high in the Royals camp after their 1-0 home win over second-placed Whitchurch United in midweek.

Youngster Andy Rinamhota scored the goal which inflicted only the second defeat of the season on the north Hampshire side.

There is a chance Rix could have Gary Moody and Sammy Igoe back from injury.

Joe Noakes and Craig Hardy are ruled out by bans.

Horndean boss Dave Carter insists his team are capable of causing an upset against fellow Wessex League premier division hosts Winchester City (3pm).

‘It is a tough game but we have beaten some good sides already this term,’ he said.

‘We went to Southern League Cinderford in the FA Cup and came away with the win.

‘Winchester are not unbeatable and we will go there with a full-strength squad to choose from.

‘It will be all about desire, working hard and us getting in their faces.

‘We will go into the tie as underdogs and that can work in our favour.

‘This is the biggest cup competition we are left in and we want to progress.’

Fareham Town journey to take on Verwood Town.

Reds manager Matt Parr is hoping success in the Vase will spark an improvement in their league form.

In the Wessex League premier division Petersfield can open up a lead at the top if they beat Hamworthy at Love Lane.

If Town slip up, Moneyfields can leapfrog them into pole position with a win at Bournemouth.