Moneyfields will be without ‘marathon man’ Gavin Jones for the rest of the season, starting with tomorrow’s clash against Fawley at Dover Road (3pm).
The experienced defender is running the London Marathon in April to raise money for his six-year-old daughter Darcy, who has cerebral palsy.
It means Jones will put all his efforts into getting ready for the 26-miler, although he will be back with the Moneys next season.
‘I am running between 40 and 50 miles a week which makes the football commitment difficult,’ said Jones.
‘It will be my first-ever marathon so I want to get it right.
‘Miles Rutherford understands my situation and I explained I will be back with them next season.
‘I am running the marathon to raise money for my little daughter Darcy who has cerebral palsy.
‘Having collected money off people for this I can’t afford taking the risk of getting injured at football.’
The Copnor club will miss the 29-year-old’s experience at the back but Rutherford has been boosted by the performances of his other full-back Rob Evans.
The 17-year-old has become a regular after forcing his way into the side.
Rutherford was quick to praise his contribution and the ‘excellent job,’ he is doing.
Moneyfields are without leading goalscorer Warren Hunt tomorrow as he is unavailable, with Pabs N’Doye, George Gregory and Bikram Singh all vying for a starting place up front, while experienced midfielder Dean Blake returns to Wessex League premier division action after a groin injury.
‘We have been winning games without playing particularly well,’ said Rutherford.
‘There is still a lot more to come but the absence of Hunt will make things a lot more interesting.’
Moneyfields: Hook, Evans, Kerridge, Elias, Rackley, Horrell, Bailey, Gauntlett, Blake, Singh, N’Doye, Gregory.
n Hayling United travel to the New Forest to take on New Milton Town, desperate for points in their Wessex League premier division relegation battle.
A 4-4 home draw against Laverstock & Ford in midweek produced an improved performance but failed to yield an all-important win.
After leading twice, the Humbugs were extremely disappointed not to claim all three points.
Hayling know that if they are to escape relegation they must start winning games.
‘I was encouraged again by the way we played,’ said manager Lee Paul.
‘It was an entertaining game against Laverstock and we caused a few problems going forward.
‘Barry Hooper was terrific for us at the back but we failed to deal with three terrific crosses from their right-winger.
‘I have big defenders Dan Turner and Scott Thornton coming back soon and that should help.’
Hayling United: Harrop, Wells, Thornton, Hooper, Watts, Smallbones, Case, Black, Reay, Martin, Burney, Tambling, Williams, Robinson, Salter-Vaile.