Hutchings nets winner in Moneys win

Moneyfields striker Steve Hutchings
Moneyfields striker Steve Hutchings
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A first-half Steve Hutchings strike ensured Moneyfields made a successful return to Wessex premier action with a 1-0 win at Bemerton Heath Harlequins.

After a three-week enforced break because of the weather, the Copnor club bounced back in fine style.

The win also enabled them to leapfrog their hosts into eighth place in the table.

‘The result was very pleasing, particularly as we haven’t played or even been able to train much in the past three weeks,’ said manager Miles Rutherford.

‘We didn’t expect the game to be on but when we got here, to be fair, the pitch was immaculate.

‘My players showed a lot of determination in defence after we took the lead, which was good to see. It was a tight game throughout but we edged it in the end.’

The opening 20 minutes proved a midfield battle, before Moneyfields made the all-important breakthrough.

On 30 minutes, Danny Boyle played in Hutchings who scored with a delightful 18-yard chip over the keeper.

After the break the home side took the game to Moneyfields but couldn’t break down the defensive resolve of the visitors.

Jack Lee and Russell Rackley were outstanding, holding firm as Bemerton launched a series of set-piece balls into the area.

Rob Evans, Conor Bailey and Hutchings also worked hard in front of the defence.

On 80 minutes, Stuart Green could have finished the home side off but missed a great chance from 10 yards.

‘We looked a little weary in the final 15 minutes but held out,’ added Rutherford.

‘All we can do is try and pick up as many points as we can between now and the end of the season and see where it takes us.

‘We expect to be thrown out of the FA Vase and are still waiting to hear about a points deduction in the league.

‘It is a case of taking our punishment, getting our heads down and carrying on.’

n Gosport Borough’s Skrill South clash with Hayes & Yeading was called off because of a waterlogged pitch.

Fareham, AFC Portchester and Bognor also had their respective games postponed.

– KEVIN RICKETTS