Moneyfields dreaming of Bemerton boost

Shaun Kerridge will be missing for Moneyfields
Shaun Kerridge will be missing for Moneyfields
Hawks boss Lee Bradbury. Picture: Habibur Rahman (170972-31)

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Moneyfields can boost their quest for a top-six Wessex League premier division finish if they overcome fourth-placed Bemerton Heath Harlequins at Dover Road (7.45pm).

The in-form Copnor club go into the game on the back of an outstanding local derby win over Fareham Town and will be confident of pulling off another result.

‘We are going well at the moment and grinding out results,’ said Moneyfields manager Miles Rutherford.

‘The win over Fareham was one of our best performances, particularly in the first half, when we played some good football.

‘All the players did everything we asked of them and it is always good to beat your local rivals.

‘Bemerton are a top-four side so we will be looking to take points off them and close the gap.

‘The attitude of the players is spot on and we are looking forward to it.’

The home side are without Shaun Kerridge who starts a three-match suspension, but Russell Rackley can slot straight in after recovering from calf problems.

Horndean will be looking to consolidate their second spot in division one with a win over New Forest visitors Verwood at Five Heads Park.

Manager Dave Carter reckons his side need three more wins and a draw from their last seven games to guarantee promotion and would welcome another three points. ‘We would like to get it done and dusted as early as possible so that nerves don’t set in,’ said Carter.

Nerves got the better of his side in the first 35 minutes at Whitchurch on Saturday as they found themselves three goals down after poor lapses in concentration in defence.

After that, Horndean showed their character and determination to launch a fightback and secure a 4-3 win with a last-minute goal.

The home side have the luxury of a fully-fit squad to choose from tonight.

AFC Portchester and Petersfield Town are in local derby action at Wicor Mill.

Clanfield are looking to complete a quick-fire local derby double as they host Fleetlands at Peel Park in the Puma Engineering Hampshire Premier League (6pm).

The home side disposed of Paulsgrove 3-2 at the weekend and now have the Helicoptermen in their sights.

University of Portsmouth entertain Liphook United at Furze Lane (6pm).