Gaffer ‘embarrassed’ by Moneys show

114485-8531 FOOTIE MONEYFIELDS v HORNDEAN (SPORT) MRW 26/12/2011''// all pix taken at the Moneyfields ground at Copnor in second-half ONLY - Moneyfields (yellow+blue) v Horndean (light blue+light blue) ''Moneyfields Manager - Miles Rutherford ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (114485-8531)
114485-8531 FOOTIE MONEYFIELDS v HORNDEAN (SPORT) MRW 26/12/2011''// all pix taken at the Moneyfields ground at Copnor in second-half ONLY - Moneyfields (yellow+blue) v Horndean (light blue+light blue) ''Moneyfields Manager - Miles Rutherford ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (114485-8531)
Ryan Pennery netted for Moneyfields. Picture: Neil Marshall (171026-11)

Trophy dream is over for Moneys

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Miles Rutherford was ‘embarrassed’ by his Moneyfields troops on Saturday.

The Dover Road outfit were held 1-1 by struggling Alresford Town in the Wessex League premier division.

And the boss, who has his eyes fixed on a top-three finish this term, admitted Moneys were ‘lucky’ to earn a point after a ‘worse than woeful’ performance.

Rutherford was missing a few key players for the visit of Alresford.

But the Moneyfields boss refused to use his lack of numbers as an excuse.

And although they stretched their unbeaten league run to 12 matches, the manager has vowed to shake things up before they tackle Bournemouth Poppies tomorrow night.

‘That display was the very worst I have seen from a Moneyfields side for a long time,’ said Rutherford.

‘To say I am embarrassed as their manager is an understatement – it was worse than woeful.

‘There was no ambition and no desire.

‘It was nothing more than a slog that we were very lucky to come out of with a point, which at least was some consolation after going close to losing everything.

‘I’m not going to make any excuses for my team selection.

‘Yes, we were short of players but we have been in this situation before and gone out, shown some bottle and done ourselves proud.

‘Not this time, though. It is pretty painful and something I intend to put right before we travel to play Bournemouth Poppies tomorrow night.’

Moneys thoroughly deserved the dressing down Rutherford metered out to them at the final whistle.

An equally-poor Alresford side matched them in every way.

And while they did possess plenty of ambition, the visitors lacked the quality finishing to net all three points.

Rutherford had to dig deep to find replacements for suspended trio Luke Middleton, George Davis and Steve Hutchings.

Meanwhile, the experienced Michael Birmingham failed a late fitness test.

When keeper Dave Hook limped out of the fray at the interval, Rutherford’s frustration grew to bursting point.

He was forced to move the impressive Conor Bailey from his defensive position to take the keeper’s jersey for the second half with the score locked at 1-1.

Bailey had earlier blasted in a free-kick to give his side the lead.

Unfortunately, though, he then found the net at the other end.

Attempting to clear his lines, Bailey turned the ball into his own net to gift Alresford a leveller.

But he made amends with a couple of smart saves after the break.