AFC Portchester return to Wessex Premier Division action tomorrow and will be aiming to make a return to winning ways.

Since their opening day of the season win against Shaftesbury, the Royals have gone three games without enjoying the taste of victory again.

Defeat at home to Cowes Sports in the league was followed by a draw and defeat in the FA Cup to Hythe and Dibden.

While there was much disappointment over the club’s early FA Cup exit, the focus at the Crest Finance Stadium is very much on the league this season with the ultimate aim of winning promotion to the Southern League the target.

Alresford Town, who host the Royals tomorrow at 3pm, have won both of their opening league games and currently sit in fourth position in the Premier Division.

afcplogoThey have beaten Cowes Sports and Fleet Town in their league games and went out of the FA Cup to Baffins Milton Rovers following a replay.

In his programme notes for tomorrow’s game, Alresford’s manager Rich Luffman talks about the need for his team to get back to winning ways themselves against Portchester, who he described as league favourites.

He added: “The league is our bread and butter. Instead of a game in the FA Cup on the 24th we now have a league game so we need to try and turn disappointment into points - starting today against the league favourites in AFC Portchester.”

The Magpies did the double over the Royals in the league last season. Although Portchester battled back from 3-0 down in the away game to draw level at 3-3, Alresford snatched a late winner and then manager Ian Saunders departed from the managerial hot seat.

In the return game at the Crest Finance Stadium, Alresford won 2-1.


AFC Portchester
The Crest Finance Stadium
Wicor Recreation Ground
Cranleigh Road
PO16 9DP

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