Cup focus for Moneys as Portchester power on

Warren Hunt scored twice for Moneyfields. Picture: Keith Woodland
Warren Hunt scored twice for Moneyfields. Picture: Keith Woodland
Ryan Pennery netted for Moneyfields. Picture: Neil Marshall (171026-11)

Trophy dream is over for Moneys

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Miles Rutherford will this week learn Moneyfields’ fate for failing to gain international clearance for Steve Hutchings’ return to Dover Road.

But the boss reckons his side’s Wessex League premier division is already over.

Moneys could be hit with a points penalty by the FA over Hutchings’ transfer from Australian club Shepparton.

A double from Warren Hunt and strikes from Jack Lee and Conor Bailey saw them shrug off the dismissal of Adrian Brockway to beat Hamworthy 4-2 on Saturday.

But Rutherford remained realistic about his team’s prospects – as they already trail leaders Sholing by 11 points.

Instead, he will focus on bringing knockout glory to Dover Road.

He said: ‘We expect to hear from the FA this week, but even without a points penalty our league season is over.

‘We have lost too much ground on the leaders.

‘We are making the FA Vase and the league cup our priority.

‘We’ve told the players the pressure is off and to go out and enjoy themselves in the league – and we saw that on Saturday.

‘Even after we went down to 10 men we still had the confidence to push forward and create chances.

‘I’m trying to bring in a few players to give them some experience at this level now.’

Elsewhere in the premier division, AFC Portchester stormed to a 6-0 win over Downton at Wicor Rec.

Two goals apiece from Nathan Kirby and Simon Woods helped blow the visitors away.

Danny Thompson and Jamie Musselwhite added the other goals.

It was a terrific performance,’ said coach Louis Bell.

A lapse of concentration cost Horndean dear as they slipped to a 1-0 defeat at Lymington Town.

‘It is a difficult period for us with all our injuries,’ said boss Dave Carter.

‘We keep losing games by the odd goal and that is frustrating.’

n Bognor crashed to a 3-0 Ryman premier defeat at Wingate & Finchley.