Baffins urge Pompey fans to get behind them for maiden FA Cup home tie

BAFFINS MILTON ROVERS are hoping for a bumper crowd as they host their maiden FA Cup tie at the PMC Stadium.

Thursday, 23rd August 2018, 5:18 pm
Updated Monday, 3rd September 2018, 12:14 pm
Baffins boss Steve Leigh, left, and assistant Steve Ledger. Picture: Chris Moorhouse

Steve Leigh's side entertain Southern League premier division south outfit Hartley Wintney in the preliminary round of the historic competition on Saturday (3pm).

With Pompey at Doncaster, the Baffins boss is urging non-travelling members of the Fratton faithful to get behind his troops.

'˜It is the biggest game in the club's short history,' said Leigh.

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'˜A huge pat on the back is deserved to everyone involved at the club past and present. They have put the club where it is.

'˜Hartley Wintney are seeded number one in this round so we know how tough it is going to be.

'We will have to be on the top of our game to cause an upset. However, it is the FA Cup and anything can happen.'

Meanwhile, Horndean face a difficult tie at Hellenic League side Ascot United.

Boss Michael Birmingham accepts the Deans may have to adapt their style of play.

'˜The pitch in the middle of Ascot racecourse is not the best and surrounded by wide open spaces,' said Birmingham.

'˜We have to be able to cope with that. It is important for little clubs like us to get as far as we can to boost the finances.'

United Services Portsmouth host Sholing at the Victory Stadium on Friday (7.45pm).

In the Wessex League premier division, AFC Portchester are in derby action against Fareham.