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Poppies aiming to bounce back from poor start
BOSS Ken Vaughan will be hoping for a change of fortunes when struggling Poppies host Wessex Premier rivals Totton & Eling in the first round of the Hampshire Senior Cup tonight.
The Victoria Park-based club, which celebrates its 138th anniversary tomorrow, has made one of its poorest starts since it was founded during a meeting in Old Christchurch Road in 1875.
Six successive Wessex Premier defeats have left Poppies without a point and rooted to the foot of the table – their woes compounded by an unwanted hat-trick of early exits in cup competitions.
Having registered an impressive 3-1 win against Highworth in the extra preliminary round of the FA Cup, Poppies bowed out at the next hurdle following defeat by Hallen 10 days ago.
And despite winning their first game of the season – in the Wessex League Cup at Ringwood – Poppies were humbled by Wessex One Hythe & Dibden in the second round a week ago.
Their cup calamities continued on Saturday when they were dumped out of the FA Vase following a 6-4 reverse at the hands of Romsey in a first qualifying round clash.
Poppies have a good opportunity to stop the rot when they face Totton & Eling at Victoria Park (7.45pm), the Millers also without a league point from their first six games.
Jamie Kay, Max Crow and Aaron Corby all return to the squad, although Jake Rowley and Ricky Lane are both ineligible. The winners will earn a trip to Stockbridge in the third round.
Poppies: (from) Vaughan, Ayrton, Jackson, Austin, Bartlett, Saadi, Burt, Batchelor, Robinson, Cooper, Turner, Andrews, Hales, Kay, Crow, Corby, Lillington.
- Christchurch will be aiming to progress at the expense of Wessex One Tadley Calleva – with Priory on a mission to set up a revenge meeting with Lymington in the second round. Michael Cuffie’s men travel to Tadley on the back of a 1-0 defeat at Lymington, where they felt they had been on the wrong end of some controversial refereeing decisions.
Ringwood, beaten 2-1 by Winterbourne United in the FA Vase three days ago, host Lymington at Long Lane with the victors entertaining either Tadley or Christchurch.
Priory: (from) Frampton, Doe, Cole, Legg, Walker, Blackburn, Smith, Fairbrother, Saul, Cullen, Burden, Purdy, Jacobs, Speers, Hoey, Bernard.
Ringwood: (from) Page, Hardy, Osman, Roberts, Pierson, Dorrington, Taylor, Rodriguz, Bellott, Morrell, White, Elezi, Ormond, Totczyk, Mira, Glasspool.
- Paddy Hester and Alex Ayling are back in contention for Hamworthy United’s trip to Bemerton Heath in the second round of the Wessex League Cup, although Matt Head and Diane Bassiriki are unavailable.
Hammers: (from) Knights, Biles, Lockyer, Horlock, Tayler, Sturgess, Lanahan, Pekun, Allen, Chudy, Claremont, Saunders, Hester, Ayling, Beckles.
Wessex League Cup third round draw: Alresford v Hythe & Dibden, Andover Town v Team Solent or Newport, Blackfield & Langley v Christchurch, East Cowes Vics or Winchester City v Sholing or Tadley Calleva, Folland Sports v Romsey or Moneyfields, Hayling United v Bemerton or Hamworthy United, Lymington or Brockenhurst v Petersfield Town, Whitchurch v Cowes Sports.
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