Eastleigh will be giving ex-Saint David Hughes a well-deserved rest when Hampshire Senior Cup quarter-final action resumes at Aldershot Town tonight (7.45).

It was a sizzling strike by the 30-year-old Welsh midfielder which seemingly put the Jewson Wessex League underdogs on the road to victory at the Recreation Ground last week before the tie was abandoned after 52 minutes due to a waterlogged pitch.

Hughes has been in inspired form of late but it was back and knee injuries which forced him into early retirement with Saints and manager Paul Doswell would rather preserve him for big JWL tests to come.

Doswell said: "We've always been mindful of the fact that David set out to play one game a week, but he's been turning Tuesday-Saturday-Tuesday of late and we don't want him to overdo it. The league is our priority and we want him to stay fit for that."

New defensive signing Phil Warner is ineligible to play, while hot striker property Robbie Matthews is still out with a heel problem.

Matthews, just back from trials with Saints, is still attracting attention from the professional ranks.

Derby County manager John Gregory spoke to Saints' Steve Wigley after Matthews impressed in a Southampton reserve match and now enquiries have come in from Nationwide Division 3 leaders Hartlepool United and basement boys Swansea City.

"The way Swansea are going, they'll be in the same division as us soon, so I wouldn't want Robbie going there, but I wouldn't mind him having a trial for Hartlepool," said Doswell. But he warned: "I'm not letting him go for nothing."

Ex-Saint Paul Moody striker is one of three Aldershot players who have been transfer-listed ahead of tonight's tie along with midfielders Richard Gell and Adam Parker.

Manager Terry Brown said: "People may be surprised by me putting Paul on the list, especially with him being our top scorer this season, but the system I want to play will not play to Moods' strengths. It's only fair to allow him to find another club."

Basingstoke Town's ex-Eastleigh hot shot Craig McAllister has joined Nationwide Division 2 outfit QPR for a week's trial.

Technically he is available for tonight's delayed HSC quarter-final at Andover, but Stoke boss Ernie Howe is undecided whether to play him. McAllister's sidekick Neville Roach could also be missing after taking a whack on the thigh in Saturday's 3-1 Ryman Premier defeat at Enfield.

Wessex outfit Andover will be spearheaded by their 27-goal top scorer Justin Bennett, who is also attracting attention from higher up the pyramid.

Conference leaders Yeovil Town are due to watch him tonight along with a mystery Nationwide Division 1 club.

Christchurch, who slugged out a 0-0 JWL draw at Andover on Saturday, will find themselves up against a formidable Havant & Waterlooville side at Hurn Bridge.

Although the Hawks have a huge FA Trophy date coming up at Colwyn Bay this Saturday, co-manager Mick Jenkins pledged: "The youngsters have done us proud in the Senior Cup so far, but it's time to turn our full attention to the Christchurch game and we'll be sending as strong a side as possible."

Hawks hope to have frontman Warren Haughton back from flu and keeper Aaron Kerr fit from a wrist injury.

Christchurch have suffered the blow of a second broken ankle in the camp. Frontman Dominic Taylor was stretchered off at Andover - just a week after Adie Butler was seriously injured in the FA Vase game at Devizes.