As a beleaguered Moneyfields trooped off at half-time on Saturday, the evening’s entertainment in the adjacent social club started their sound check.
Fittingly, they were playing Madness.
Fresh from throwing away victory over Alresford in the last five minutes, the Copnor side went into the break 3-0 down against Christchurch.
Lapses in concentration cost them dear as they conceded twice in quick succession on the stroke of half-time in the Wessex League premier division clash.
Moneys, who sorely missed the cutting edge of Steve Hutchings and Warren Hunt, failed to hit back in the second period as their hopes of a top-three finish suffered a major blow.
‘It was simply not good enough’ said boss Miles Rutherford.
‘We were missing four regulars but that doesn’t excuse a lacklustre display.
‘To go the whole game without a serious shot on target shows how poor a performance that was.’
New-signing Jay Ripiner had the hosts’ only chance but he fired over the top.
Moneys have the opportunity to get back on track today when they travel to face Horndean at Five Heads Park (1pm).
For the Deans, it will be their sixth game in 10 days.
However, they will take confidence from a 2-0 victory over AFC Portchester on Saturday.
Matt Andrews scored twice in five second-half minutes to seal the derby win.
‘My players are dead on their feet but it was a fantastic win,’ said manager Dave Carter.
Hayling United travel to GE Hamble looking to pull off another shock win (11.30am).
The Humbugs beat Bemerton Heath Harlequins 3-2 on Saturday with goals from Pete Murphy, Jack Salter-Vaile and substitute Glyn Cooper.
‘We seem to raise our game against the top teams,’ said Humbugs boss Steve Poulton.
In Wessex League division one, Callum Coker netted his 35th goal of the season to help Petersfield Town to a 2-0 derby win over United Services at Love Lane. Dale Clark killed the game off five minutes from time.
‘It was a good win on an awkward bumpy pitch,’ said Town manager Ian Saunders.
‘It is a shame all the other teams around us keep winning.’
– NEIL MARSHALL