Royals out to shoot down Shots

Joe Noakes Picture: Neil Marshall
Joe Noakes Picture: Neil Marshall
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AFC Portchester have their sights set on cup glory when they take on National League Aldershot in the Hampshire Senior Cup at Wicor Rec tonight (7.45pm).

A place in the quarter-finals is at stake and Royals manager Graham Rix reckons his players are up for it.

The tie was originally scheduled to be played at Aldershot’s EBB Stadium, but because they share the venue the game was switched to the south coast.

Rix wants his team to make the most of that switch.

‘It is up to us to make the most of having home advantage,’ said the manager.

‘The final of this competition is usually held at Fratton Park or St Marys so there is a huge incentive to do well.

‘If we can get to the final then it gives us the chance to showcase the talent and quality we have at the club.

‘Whatever team Aldershot put out it will be a big test for us.

‘We are on a good little run at the moment and we all want that to continue.

‘All the lads are buzzing and we must look to feed off that.’

Rix is boosted by the return of Joe Noakes and Craig Hardy, both of whom were among the substitutes for the 2-0 win over Lymington Town on Saturday.

The Royals will also look to exploit any lack of confidence in the visitors’ ranks following their 5-2 drubbing at Dover Athletic at the weekend.

Moneyfields host Sholing Sports in an all Wessex League premier division tie at Dover Road.

However, home manager Dave Carter admits he has one eye on their big FA Vase tie against Brimscombe & Thrupp on Saturday.

‘All the lads who are cup-tied for the FA Vase will play in this game,’ said Carter.

‘We also have a few players suffering with knocks.’

Tom Chapman, who was rested against Bournemouth because of a groin strain, isn’t likely to figure, while Tyler Giddens is another doubt.

Curtis Da Costa is definitely out after breaking his collar-bone at Bournemouth.

‘Sholing will be a good test as to where we are,’ added Carter.

‘Our first half at Bournemouth was probably the worst since I have been at the club and we will need to improve on that if we are to go through.’

In-form Horndean will be favourites to progress at the expense of Wessex division One hosts Totton & Eling.

Manager Craig Pearce jets off to Mexico after the game and wants to do so with another win under his belt.

‘All our new signings are not eligible for this so it is a chance for others to come in and show what they can do,’ said Pearce.

Fareham Town travel to Alresford in the Wessex premier division..