Rix: No Royals repeat

AFC Portchester boss Graham Rix
AFC Portchester boss Graham Rix
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Graham Rix is demanding a big improvement from his AFC Portchester side as they visit Lymington Town in the Wessex League premier division tonight (7.45pm).

The Royals were let off the hook by the weather against the same opponents at the weekend.

Lymington were leading 2-0 at half-time when torrential rain made the Wicor Rec pitch unplayable and the referee abandoned the game.

Rix admitted his team had got out of jail.

‘We were very poor but, hopefully, we will have learnt from it,’ said the boss.

‘The goals we gave away were poor ones and showed that you just cannot afford to switch off and lose concentration.’

Failure to pick up a Warren Kenna run led to the first goal and the second resulted from a simple long ball over the top.

Rix needs his defenders to apply themselves better in the New Forest.

Horndean manager Dave Carter is looking for all three points against Fawley at Five Heads Park.

‘I am expecting our pitch to be heavy so we will have to adapt our style of play to cope with it,’ he said.

‘It will be case of digging in and playing the type of football the pitch will allow.

‘By Christmas I am looking for us to be pushing in and around the top eight.

‘If we are to achieve that then this is the type of game we need to take maximum points from.

‘Our home form has been good and we have only lost twice at Five Heads Park so far this season.

‘One was against Newport in the FA Cup and the other was against Lymington when we hardly turned up.

‘There have been a fair few draws and we need to start turning those into wins.’

Gavin Spurway and Gary Austin are both ruled out by suspension.

Carter is boosted, however, by the return of Lewis Stockford, Nathan Paxton and Jack Warren from work commitments.

‘We were disappointed to have the game at Folland Sports called off five minutes before the kick-off.

‘Hopefully this game will allow us to make up the lost ground.’