MONEYFIELDS manager Miles Rutherford has a midfield headache ahead of the FA Vase first-round tie against Hallen at Dover Road tomorrow (3pm).
Rutherford is without four key players – James Lacey, Dan Gauntlett, Michael Birmingham and Jamie Hore – all ruled out by injury.
Hore is likely to miss the rest of the season after suffering a badly broken leg.
Both teams are experienced FA Vase campaigners and, consequently, this is their first game in this season’s competition.
Rutherford is expecting a close-fought tie against the Western League outfit, who have a good Vase record.
Moneys have struggled in the cups this season.
‘Hallen always seem to do well in this year after year, so we are under no illusions,’ said Rutherford.
‘We have been knocked out of all the other cups so this is our last chance for knockout success.
‘Our aim is to get as far as we can and if all the players available put everything in, it is a game we can win.
‘It looks very even on paper.’
The Copnor club do have the experienced figure of Warren Hunt back from suspension.
MONEYFIELDS: Hook, Scott, Evans, Kerridge, Lee, Sackman, Wain S, Rackley, Boyle, Milroy, Slater, Scott, Hutchings, Hunt, Gregory, Parrish.
n Hayling United face a long trip to the Bristol area to take on Western League premier leaders Cadbury Heath.
n Horndean travel far closer to home but face an equally-daunting task at Wessex premier leaders Christchurch.
‘We have lost twice to them already this season so we know how tough it’s going to be,’ said Horndean boss Dave Carter.
Carter is boosted by the return of Neil Perkins and Nathan Paxton from holiday, along with central defender Alex Shepherd.
Dan Hayes and Torr Spicer are injured and Gavin Spurway misses the game due to suspension.
HORNDEAN: Harding, Perkins, Warren O, Chapman, Shepherd, Stone, Warren I, Woodward, Bell, Fenelon, Desport, Paxton, Castles.
n Wessex League division one outfit Petersfield Town are aiming for a giantkilling at premier division Downton.