Derby delight for Moneys

Steve Hutchings was causing the Hayling defence all sorts of problems
Steve Hutchings was causing the Hayling defence all sorts of problems
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Moneyfields kept pace with the Wessex League premier division leaders with a 2-0 victory against Hayling United.

Goals from Steve Hutchings and substitute George Gregory earned Miles Rutherford’s side a comfortable victory.

Hayling included loan signing Nathan Kirby, while visitors Moneyfields – who were desperately short of players due to injury and work commitments – named Gosport Borough player James Ford in their starting line-up to give them extra strength in midfield.

With the cold wind making playing conditions difficult, the Humbugs were first to threaten through Lee Tigwell but his finish lacked direction and flew yards wide.

As play broke to the other end, Ford’s corner was helped on by Jake Slatter to set up Hutchings who powered his header over from close range.

Another tidy move by Moneys left Danny Boyle trying to create an opening for skipper Russ Rackley, who forced keeper Luke Hutchings into a good save.

On 25 minutes, Hutchings became creator with a powerful run and cross that fell perfectly to Slatter.

He somehow managed, though, to sky the ball over the bar rather than take the easier option of side-footing the ball into the empty net.

Hutchings was becoming a constant thorn in the side for Hayling, who again struggled to contain him as he darted free to angle a shot just wide.

However, a dreadful mistake so nearly proved costly to Moneyfields.

Keeper Dave Hook’s clearance fell into the path of George Vince, who lifted in a shot that came back into play off the crossbar.

Suddenly the balance of play switched in favour of the hosts who could have found themselves with an interval lead if Alex Easton and Josh Case had found the target rather than the open spaces behind the goal.

Flurry of activity over and Moneys wasted another opportunity when Hutchings turned his marker and raced clear.

However, he could only bury his finish into the arms of his namesake from 10 yards out.

Half-time: Hayling 0-0 Moneys

Moneyfields began the second half as they started the first.

Although, woeful finishing – this time from Alex Miroy – spared the hosts, who were pegged in their own half for long periods.

Several corners later, and that man Hutchings again spurned a great chance when he failed to turn Boyle’s pin-point cross in at the far post.

But moments later Hutchings had a change in fortune when his cross-cum-shot somehow crept across goal and into the Hayling net at the far post.

Hutchings then created a half chance for Rob Evans.

But his goal-bound effort was saved by keeper Hutchings in spectacular fashion from point-blank range.

Everything Hayling tried to do to get themselves back into contention usually broke down in the final third, leaving Moneyfields to hold on to their slender lead in some comfort.

And just to make sure victory was theirs, Gregory came off the Moneys bench to chase a magnificent through ball from Rackley and beat Hutchings with a fine finish to double their advantage.

Hayling: Hutchings, Black, Vince, Dempsey, Gadd, Baker, Robinson, Case, Easton, Kirby, Tigwell. Subs: Edwards, Keogh, Cooper, Collier, Gill.

Moneyfields: Hook, Evans, Brockway, Kerridge, Lee, Ford, Boyle, Rackley, Miroy, Hutchings, Slatter. Subs: Scott, Gee, Gregory, Raine.