TWO of the Isle of Wight's top sides are in cup action on Saturday.

East Vics have a tough, but winnable game away at Totton & Eling in the second qualifying round of the FA Vase.

Club secretary, Daz Dyer, said: "We know a bit about Totton & Eling being in the same league and we beat them earlier this season, 2-1 at home, with not a lot between us.

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East Cowes are confident of progressing in the FA Vase against Totton & Eling. FILE

"But if we continue our recent league form, I feel confident we can get a result there.

"Winning the match will be important for a small club like ours. It would cover our travel expenses — which can be astronomical — for a few weeks.

"It's all to play for."

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Newport are in cup action at St George's Park against Whitchurch United.  FILE 

The Beatrice Avenue club will be missing a key player for the game, striker Elias Ahmed, who was suspended for three games following his straight red card at Newport last month.

However, the Vics have been strengthened by the new signing of defender Caleb Charlesworth from Sydenhams Wessex Division 1 rivals, Newport.

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Cowes will be hoping to get their league campaign back on track with a win at Portchester.  File photo: Graham Brown 

In the first round of the Sydenhams League Cup, Newport will face Whitchurch United at St George's Park.

New Cowes Sports boss, Vic Sanders, takes charge of his first match for the Yachtsmen in their Sydenhams Wessex Premier League encounter with Portchester — a point and a place below the Islanders.

A Cowes win could propel them into the top three by tea-time on Saturday and set them up nicely for their Hampshire Senior Cup second round tie at Alresford Town on Tuesday.

At the top of Division 1 of the Harwoods IW Saturday League, Whitecroft & Barton Sports face Cowes Sports Reserves, with the match of the day between second-placed Brading Town and early pace-setters, Pan Sports.


                                              SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15

FA Vase, second qualifying round: Totton & Eling v East Cowes Vics.

Sydenhams Wessex Premier Division: Portchester v Cowes Sports.

Sydenhams League Cup, first round: Newport v Whitchurch Utd.

Harwoods Renault Island League, Division 1: Osborne Coburg v ECS; Shanklin v West Wight; Northwood v Binstead & COB; Pan Sports v Brading; Ventnor v Newport Reserves; Whitecroft & Barton Sports v Cowes Sports Reserves.

Division 2: Newchurch v Seaview; Adgestone v Carisbrooke Utd; Brighstone v Bembridge; East Cowes Vics A v Ryde Saints; Niton Community v St Helens Blue Star; Oakfield v Wroxall; Yarmouth & Calbourne v Wootton.

Combination 1: Binstead & COB Reserves v Northwood St John Reserves; Brading Town Reserves v Ventnor Reserves; Sandown Reserves v Ryde Saints Reserves; West Wight Reserves v Oakfield Reserves; Osborne Coburg Reserves v ECS Reserves; Shankllin Reserves v Whitecroft & Barton Reserves.

Combination 2: Wootton Reserves v Ryde Saints A; Bembridge Reserves v Niton Community Reserves; Seaview Reserves v Yarmouth & C a l b o u r n e R e s e r v e s ; Newchurch Reserves v Carisbrooke Reserves.       

                                             TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 

Hampshire Senior Cup, second round: Alresford Town v Cowes Sports; Sholing v Newport.