Royals want Cup repeat... Horndean defend record... Moneyfields wait on Hutchings... Fareham back

Graham Rix, centre, wants a repeat show in the FA Cup. Picture: Neil Marshall
Graham Rix, centre, wants a repeat show in the FA Cup. Picture: Neil Marshall
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AFC Portchester are targeting more knock-out glory as they go to Brockenhurst in the second qualifying round of the FA Cup tomorrow (3pm).

The Royals dumped National League South neighbours Gosport Borough out of the Hampshire Senior Cup in midweek.

The tie went to penalties but it was the Wessex League premier division side who progressed.

Manager Graham Rix was delighted but regards the FA Cup tie in the New Forest as more important.

‘Our win in midweek will mean little if we don’t go through in the FA Cup,’ said Rix.

‘If we don’t approach the game properly we could easily come a cropper.

‘Our win at Gosport was fantastic in that it was thoroughly deserved.

‘I am looking for the players to apply the same attitude and mentality in this cup tie.’

Horndean defend the only unbeaten record in the Wessex League premier division against Verwood Town at Five Heads Park (3pm).

Dave Carter’s side also boast a 100-per-cent record at home and will be looking to continue that excellent form tomorrow.

Their good start to the season has taken them up to fifth in the table just three points behind the leaders, Salisbury

Horndean also have two games in hand but their bid to switch more games to midweek before Christmas has been turned down.

‘We appealed to the League to play more games in the next few weeks, when the weather is better, but they turned us down,’ said Carter.

‘When April comes along and we find ourselves having to play four games a week we won’t be very happy.’

The home side expect striker Robbie Tambling to shrug off a knock and take his place in the squad.

Moneyfields are still waiting to see if striker Steve Hutchings will be fit to face Team Solent at Dover Road (3pm).

The prolific hitman has been a big loss to the Copnor club over the last month.

‘We have struggled to find the net without our leading goalscorer,’ said manager Miles Rutherford.

‘Against Bemerton we picked up a bit but this will be another test of what we are all about.’

Fareham Town hope to make the most of a two week break as they head to Lymington Town (3pm).

They will be hampered by the absence of defender Luke Heard and midfielder George Davis – both players serving a one-match ban.