FA Cup win is welcome boost for Moneyfields

20/8/2011 (SPORT) MONEYFIELDS V CHRISTCHURCH''Action from the Moneyfields v Christchurch match which took place at Moneyfields home ground in Dover Road, Copnor on Saturday 20th August 2011.''Pictured is: (left) Moneyfields player Steve Hutchings during the match. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (112986-617)
20/8/2011 (SPORT) MONEYFIELDS V CHRISTCHURCH''Action from the Moneyfields v Christchurch match which took place at Moneyfields home ground in Dover Road, Copnor on Saturday 20th August 2011.''Pictured is: (left) Moneyfields player Steve Hutchings during the match. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (112986-617)
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It’s 20 minutes before kick off and two people have paid for entry to Dover Road.

That’s how badly Moneyfields need the FA Cup.

The £750 that falls the way of the Copnor club after their 2-0 extra preliminary round victory over Christchurch on Saturday is a vital lifeline.

There’s another club a mile or so down the road from Dover Road who have a thing or two to thank the famous, old competition for.

But this couldn’t be further away from Pompey’s glorious win under the arch three years ago.

The fact Dover Road has been the scene for some personal highs – four cup finals in four seasons for the mighty AFC Purbrook – tells you this is not the place where legends walk.

This, however, is the other side of the biggest domestic club competition in world football.

Nine months and 14 rounds from the final, the long, long, long road to Wembley began this weekend for more than 400 sides.

Teams like Moneyfields desperately need the financial return the competition brings to exist.

Moneys don’t pay their players and just lost two of their top talents over the summer to a rival club who could afford to offer them serious remuneration for their efforts.

Miles Rutherford is now battling to introduce a small win bonus for his players.

Maybe a win or two in the FA Cup will allow that to happen.

And Saturday’s win was a huge one for the Sydenhams Wessex League side

Rutherford said: ‘For us the FA Cup is a massive thing.

‘The win gives us £750 and it could be £1,000 for the next one.

‘For a club our size that is a big, big thing.

‘If we were to win the next round we’ll all be looking to the draw to see who we get. It’s a great thing.

‘We thought we might struggle where we’d lost a few players in the summer but there’s a bit of a buzz about the club.

‘We are trying to get a win bonus in place now. A £20 win bonus is massive for this club.

‘We’ll keep on going, though, and try to compete with every team we play.

‘A couple of our players got decent money elsewhere this season so had to go. Good luck to them both.

‘They miss playing here because of the lads but they can’t refuse the money.

‘We will lose players here, but hope to pick up good players from around the area from the youth team.

‘That’s what we’re up against but that’s the name of the game at Moneyfields.’

Steve Hutchings’ late salvo was enough for Moneys to pick up their win on Saturday.

The former Bournemouth striker produced the two moments of quality the game needed.

His first saw him show good strength and a sure finish before local journeyman Dean Blake delivered a classy cross for him to head the second at the death.

Now, local rivals Gosport lie in wait for Moneys in the next round.

‘We knew it would be a hard game against Christchurch but we gritted it out,’ said Rutherford.

‘It was great bit of strength and a good strike for the first goal. And there was a little bit of quality for the second.

‘We took our chances and they missed theirs.

‘It was tight game so we were glad to get the win.

‘Now we look forward to Gosport in the next round.

‘The Cup is important to us and it’s the same for Gosport – they know we’ll give them a game.’