We will need to be at our best to win FA Cup tie, warns Catlin
AFC Portchester manager Mick Catlin has warned his players they will need to be at their best to see off the challenge of Hythe and Dibden in the FA Cup.
The Royals’ boss watched the Wessex Division 1 outfit in action earlier this week and he was impressed with what he saw.
His scouting mission certainly told him that his side face a tough afternoon tomorrow (Saturday) in the Extra Preliminary Round tie at the Crest Finance Stadium (kick-off 3pm).
He said: Hythe and Dibden are coming off a good 3-0 win against Bemerton on Tuesday.
“I watched this game and I was impressed with how they played both as individuals and as a team. We will definitely need to be at our best to win this tie.”
It has been a busy week for Catlin - after his Tuesday night trip to Wiltshire, he watched his side go down 2-1 at home to Cowes Sports on Wednesday and then added two new signings to his squad ahead of this weekend’s FA Cup tie.
He explained: “We have strengthened the squad with the return of Jack Breed – who has been having trials with Bognor Regis Town – and signing Ellis Martin from Chichester City.
“Ellis is a left sided defender who can play at centre half and left back. He started as a first year professional at Portsmouth before moving to Gosport Borough where
he won two promotions.
“Last season he was an important part of Chichester's
title winning team.”
Looking back at Wednesday night’s game, Catlin felt his side didn’t do enough to take all three points.
He added: “It was a disappointing result against a spirited Cowes team who snatched a late winner.
“In the end we got punished for some sloppy defending which goes to show in this league that any team will beat you if you are not at your best.
“We played well in spells and had the ideal start when Nathan Paxton opened the scoring. Unfortunately we didn't build on that and Cowes took control of the game from then on.
“We still had moments and I thought we should have had a penalty when Dan Wooden was fouled in the box but the referee thought otherwise.”