Rix keen to right Royals’ wrongs

Nathan Paxton has joined Dave Carter at Moneyfields and will make his debut against Brockenhurst
Nathan Paxton has joined Dave Carter at Moneyfields and will make his debut against Brockenhurst
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Graham Rix has urged AFC Portchester to buck their ideas up ahead of their Wessex League premier division visit to Bemerton Heath Harlequins (3pm).

The Royals have suffered a series of disappointing cup exits recently and the manager wants to put an end to that losing trend.

‘The last five games have been very frustrating and we have not been firing on all cylinders,’ said Rix.

‘Our players are fully aware of it and are determined to do something about it.

‘Last season we went on a long unbeaten run in the league and we are more than capable of doing that again.

‘We have been making quite a few individual errors and been punished for them.

‘This is our first league game for a while so it is a good time to start putting things right.’

The Royals will have to wait for new goalkeeper Lyall Beazley to make his debut as he is away for three weeks because of work commitments.

Striker Alex Baldacchino is also likely to be out of action for a few months because of an impending ankle operation.

Dave Carter takes charge of Moneyfields for the first time in the league, with Brockenhurst visiting Dover Road.

Striker Nathan Paxton makes his league debut for the Copnor club after following Carter from Horndean.

Carter is delighted to have him on board to boost his side’s attacking options.

‘Nathan scored 26 goals last season for Horndean and six so far this season,’ said Carter.

‘He is six-foot-one, good in the air and is quick.

‘With him, Steve Hutchings, Rudi Plummer and Kieron Stephens, we have plenty of attacking options at our disposal.

‘So far we haven’t been fit enough but we have been working on that.’

Moneyfields have to make do without suspended pair Curtis Da Costa and Connor Bailey.

Fareham Town are aiming for more cup glory when they host Alton Town in the Wessex League Cup at Cams Alders .

The Reds knocked out holders AFC Portchester in the last round.

Manager Steve Stone is hoping to involve University of Portsmouth student Hamish Law for the first time.

Horndean face a tricky tie at division one leaders Portland United.

Boss Craig Pearce is expecting to have wide right player Mark Smith back from a calf injury.