Moneyfields secure Brading win

Goalscorer Jamie Hore

Goalscorer Jamie Hore

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Moneyfields continued their impressive start to the new Wessex League premier division season with a 4-3 victory over Brading on the Isle of Wight.

Fresh from their opening-day victory over Christchurch at Dover Road, the visitors went into the game full of confidence.

They survived an early scare when sloppy defending let in Brading’s Scott Jones, who powered his shot over the bar.

But the response from the visitors was a superb five-man move that so nearly brought a opening goal, only for Dan Gauntlett to stab the ball wide at the near post.

On 20 minutes, however, more uncertainty in the heart of the Moneys defence was seized upon by Jones, who headed home the opening goal from six yards.

Brading then went on to waste two more chances before Moneys emerged from their lethargy with young defender Rob Evans setting off on a jinking run before rolling in an equaliser.

The celebrations were hardly over when the hosts restored their lead – this time Scott Lawson finishing a neat move with a thundering finish.

Just before the interval, and after Jamie Hore had wasted a glorious chance, veteran defender Graeme Gee muscled his way into the Brading penalty area to head home a second Moneys equaliser.

And after the restart, Moneyfields stole the lead when Jack Lee applied the finishing touch to a fine move.

Five minutes later and with the Brading defence in tatters, Hore was given time and space to beat keeper Gareth True and put Miles Rutherford’s side further ahead.

Brading quicky reduced the deficit thanks to Olly Fleming charging in to out-jump the Moneyfields defence to head home.

But for the remaining 30 minutes of a highly-charge contest, Moneys held firm to secure all three points.

Other results: AFC Stoneham 1-2 Locks Heath; Fleetlands 1-0 University of Portsmouth; Liphook United 4-1 Clanfield; Liss Athletic 2-5 Paulsgrove

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