Royals aiming to pick off Poppies

Nathan Lynch. Picture: Paul Jacobs (14629-4)
Nathan Lynch. Picture: Paul Jacobs (14629-4)
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AFC Portchester may ring the changes for tonight’s Wessex League premier division trip to Bournemouth Poppies (7.45pm).

The Royals looked jaded in their disappointing 3-1 home defeat at the hands of Hamworthy United on Tuesday night.

‘We don’t want our season to fizzle out,’ said director of football Mick Jenkins.

‘Some of our players looked jaded and were treading water.

‘We didn’t create much and it was a very disappointing and miserable night for us.

‘I am sure manager Graham Rix will look to inject more energy and enthusiasm into the side.

‘It is vital we bounce back to winning ways at Bournemouth ahead of our big derby against Moneyfields at the weekend.’

Against Hamworthy a mistake-ridden first half ended goalless before Rix changed things for the second half.

Two goals early in the second half put the Royals in trouble and Rix responded with a double substitution.

Nathan Lynch and Simon Stone replaced Jake Thomson and Jamie Musselwhite and this gave the home side added impetus.

Lynch grabbed a leveller before Nathan Kirby blazed over from three yards.

A sweet long-range strike in the closing minutes, however, ended the Royals fightback.

‘It will be good to go into the Moneyfields game with a win under our belt,’ added Jenkins.

‘That would help us erase the memory of the Hamworthy defeat.

‘Winning breeds confidence which is what we need going into a big derby.

‘Moneyfields beat us at their place earlier this season and we will need to pick up.’

It is a big night of Portsmouth Senior Cup action with both semi-finals taking place.

Holders Moneyfields will fancy their chances of returning to Fratton Park to defend their title as they take on Fleetlands at Locks Heath.

It will be a big surprise if the Hampshire Premier League can claim victory.

Petersfield Town host last season’s runners up Baffins Milton Rovers at Love Lane.

Town have already reached the final of the Wessex League Cup.