Former Pompey midfielder set for Royals bow

Sammy Igoe. Picture: Dave Haines
Sammy Igoe. Picture: Dave Haines

AFC Portchester director of football Mick Jenkins is delighted to welcome his old club Bognor to Wicor Rec tonight (7.30pm).

And the hosts are hoping to have new signing Sammy Igoe back from holiday to make his Portchester debut.

Graham Rix’s squad are also boosted by the return of defender Josh Maddison and striker Nathan Kirby.

‘We had a great evening against a Pompey XI in the week – with a healthy crowd coming through the gate,’ said Jenkins.

‘All the hospitality was sold and it was a decent game.

‘We are hoping for more of the same against Bognor.

‘Against Portsmouth we acquitted ourselves well on a very warm evening.

‘It is great we have been able to sign a player with Igoe’s experience.

‘He is a local lad and it was too good an opportunity to miss. With what we are trying to achieve with our young squad of players his experience is important.’

A new-look Fareham Town continue their preparations with a trip to Western League Westbury United tomorrow.

Matt Parr has made six additions to his squad and all are expected to feature.

Midfielders Bradey Norton and Jamie Ford, strikers Lerone Plummer and Liam Robinson and defenders Ben Wilson and Matt Paige have all arrived at Cams Alders.

Plummer, formerly of Winchester City, scored twice in the Reds’ opening friendly against Stockbridge.

‘I have brought in a few new faces and it is exciting to see how it goes,’ said Parr.

Dave Carter will hand a debut to new Horndean capture Jack McFarlane against Ascot United tomorrow (3pm).

McFarlane played Southern League division one central football with Godalming Town last season.

The 20-year-old full-back is based in Waterlooville.

Elsewhere, Petersfield Town are travelling to Wick & Barnham (4pm).

And Moneyfields take on Hellenic Premier outfit Newbury at Dover Road (3pm).

‘We have had a few cancellations in pre-season which has disrupted things a bit,’ said Moneys manager Miles Rutherford.

‘A few players are suspended for our first game, so we have to look at a few things.’