HOLDERS Andover New Street will be hoping to retain the North Hants Senior Cup on Tuesday night at the Camrose, the home of Basingstoke Town.

New Street will face a final showdown against fellow Wessex League Premier Division rivals Alresford Town.

Last season, the final proved to be a real thriller as New Street won a penalty shoot-out to beat Tadley Calleva.

This was after the game ended 3-3 after Shane Lock, Gunner Yates and Zach Neve all scored.

New Street have already played Alresford in the league this season and lost 3-0, but they did have a player sent-off after only 15 minutes.

New Street manager John Smith said: "Everyone is excited about the final and I really think we have a chance as we are playing well at the moment."

New Street still have a chance of completing a double as they did last season and the holders of the Andover Open Cup have been drawn away to Andover Town.

The other semi-final will see Andover New Street Swifts against Kingsclere.

Last Saturday, New Street's run of good form in the Premier Division came to an end.

This was after they were beaten 3-0 in Dorset at Christchurch in what can only be described as extremely windy conditions.

Former Andover Town man Reece Rusher made his debut for New Street.

The first half was a tense affair with little between the two sides.

Christchurch managed to get the opening goal after a deflection left New Street goalkeeper George Baxter with no chance.

As the second half unfolded, New Street attacked with all their might but failed to break through the Christchurch back line.

With time, Christchurch scored again with a clinical piece of finishing and then put the game to bed with a third goal.

A deflated New Street manager John Smith said afterwards: "It was a tough game in really difficult windy conditions.

"Obviously we are disappointed with the loss and could have done with the three points.

"We are still upbeat and look forward to our next home game against Brockenhurst on Saturday."

New Street have six games left in the Wessex League Premier Division, four of which are at home.

Their positive camp is still ever hopeful of avoiding the drop into the Division One.

After Saturday, they will then face Alresford in the cup final.