Moneyfields bank win but boss is not happy

Dan Gauntlett goes close with a header
Dan Gauntlett goes close with a header
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Moneyfields defeated lowly Laverstock & Ford 2-0 in an uninspiring Wessex League premier division contest at Dover Road.

First-half goals from full-back Rob Evans and striker Steve Hutchings proved enough for the Copnor club.

Moneyfields manager Miles Rutherford was pleased with the win but accused his team of complacency after the break.

‘The second half was one of the worst 45 minutes of all time and it turned into a boring affair,’ said Rutherford.

‘It was a very poor game of football after the break.

‘In the first 10 minutes of the game we started how I would like us to start a game of football.

‘We hit them at pace, playing with a fierce tempo.

‘I am trying to instil into the side that they have to maintain that for a whole 90 minutes.’

The hosts could have been ahead within six seconds.

Danny Boyle was put clean through in the area only to see his effort blocked by the visiting keeper.

Further chances went begging against a side with the worst defensive record in the league – 73 goals conceded in 24 games – before Moneys finally broke the deadlock in the 18th minute.

Evans collected Steve Hutchings’ neat ball inside and drove his shot home from the edge of the area.

Hutchings added a second goal, five minutes before half-time, skipping past two despairing tackles before tucking his shot past Luke Haviland in the Laverstock goal.

That should have signalled a second-half onslaught from Moneys, in search of more goals, but it never materialised as they struggled.

‘It all became a bit too easy and complacency came into the equation,’ said Rutherford.

‘Suddenly the players wanted to take two or three touches and wanted too long on the ball.

‘It turned into a bit of a nothing game.

‘They sat 10 men behind the ball but our passing and distribution needed to be better.

‘Apart from the three points there wasn’t really a lot to take out of it.’

Moneys are aiming to continue their positive recent run of results.

They plan to put further distance between themselves and the fight for Wessex League top-flight survival.

Rutherford added: ‘Recently we beat local sides Horndean, Fareham and Hayling without playing well and we did that again.

‘We now have five games against teams below us in the league.

‘We need to be picking up maximum points from these.’

Moneyfields: Hook, Evans, Bailey, Rackley, Lee, Gauntlett, Hore, Savage, Slater, Hutchings, Boyle. Subs: Wain, Horrell, Asajile