First-half blitz sees Moneys ease through

Warren Hunt's two goal before the break effectively wrapped up Moneyfields' FA Vase win over Hallen

Warren Hunt's two goal before the break effectively wrapped up Moneyfields' FA Vase win over Hallen

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A stunning first-half spell of four goals in 15 minutes helped Moneyfields cruise into the second round of the FA Vase with a 6-0 win over Hallen.

The hosts were lucky not to find themselves behind in the opening stages and they made their Bristol-based opponents pay for missing chances as Bobby Scott, Warren Hunt (2) and Steve Hutchings effectively wrapped up the tie before the break.

Horndean defied the league table to get the better of Wessex premier leaders Christchurch in a 3-1 extra-time Vase win.

The Deans took a first-half lead through Nathan Paxton. And, although their league rivals levelled to take the match into extra-time, a Chamal Fenelon effort and Simon Stone penalty saw the visitors through.

Hayling put in a battling display but went out of the competition after a 3-2 loss at Cadbury Heath.

The Western League premier leaders went 2-0 ahead, before Lee Tigwell gave the Humbugs hope with a goal just before the interval.

Cadbury Heath restored their two-goal cushion, though. And although Michael Turvey reduced the deficit again for Hayling, the home side were worthy winners.

Chances came thick and fast in the opening 20 minutes at Dover Road, with both sides happy to press forward at every opportunity.

Western League side Hallen were first to threaten inside 90 seconds when Bennett’s shot skimmed the top of the crossbar, before the striker spurned two more chances minutes later.

Having weathered the early pressure, Moneyfields began to create chances of their own.

Visiting keeper Burgess almost embarrassed himself by letting Evans’ cross-shot drop over his head at the far post.

But he then produced a string of fine saves to deny Hutchings, Boyle and Hunt as the home side threatened to overwhelm their opponents.

After half an hour of missed chances and fine saves, Moneys finally broke through. For once, Burgess failed to deal with a cross and Bobby Scott was left with a simple tap-in.

That goal opened the floodgates and by half-time, Miles Rutherford’s men were four goals to the good.

On 40 minutes, Warren Hunt sprung the offside trap to make it 2-0. And seconds later, a repeat performance saw Hutchings race clear to add a third.

Then, on the stroke of half-time, an unmarked Hunt headed home Hutchings’ cross for 4-0.

Unsurprisingly, the home side could not maintain the momentum at the start of the second half as Hallen brought all their players behind the ball, bar a lone striker.

Having spent a fruitless 15 minutes trying to break down the defence, Moneys eventually increased their lead when Hutchings wriggled free from his marker and beat Burgess at his near post.

To complete a miserable afternoon for the Bristol side, Greening turned Hutchings’ shot into his own net, although Moneys’ leading scorer cheekily tried to claim the goal for his hat-trick.

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