Moneys aim to halt final woe but United Services plot upset

Jack Lee & Co will want to toast a Moneys win
Jack Lee & Co will want to toast a Moneys win
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Moneyfields bid to end their cup final misery tonight but opponents United Services are in no mood to give them an easy ride at Fratton Park.

Wessex premier side Moneys have enjoyed a good season and will aim to cap it off by lifting the Portsmouth Senior Cup tonight (7.30pm).

But last season, the Dover Road outfit were beaten in the final by Horndean, despite having home advantage.

Reserve team managers Calvin Hore and Paul Gregory are in charge of the cup campaign, rather than first-team boss Miles Rutherford.

Hore believes the chance to perform at Fratton Park could be decisive as his men look to halt recent cup final woes.

‘We have been in a few finals in the past few years but I can’t remember us winning any of them,’ he said.

‘Playing the final on our own ground (last season) made it feel like just any other game.

‘At Fratton Park it will be much more of an occasion for the local players who hardly ever get to perform on such a big stage.’

Hore faces a tough selection call for the match.

But he will stick to the formula which has seen the team reach the final.

He added: ‘The whole squad are desperate to be involved and play there.

‘All season we have fielded a mixture of senior and reserve players and will continue doing this.

‘Obviously, we would like to involve as many as possible but some are going to be disappointed.

‘We have had a good season throughout the club and it would be nice to top it off with some silverware.’

United Services go into the game as underdogs and have had a disappointing season in Wessex division one.

But manager Bob Brady is confident his side, who are close to full strength for the game, will be at their best tonight.

‘It is not going to be easy for us because Moneyfields are a good outfit,’ he said.

‘We have suffered all season through injuries and unavailability.

‘Individual mistakes have cost us and that has all come from inconsistency of personnel in the side.

‘We do have a terrific spirit in the squad and we believe that can see us through.

‘All the players are determined to go and enjoy the occasion.’

Moneyfields (from): Scott, Evans, Page, Wain D, Fancy, Birmingham M, Davis, Adeji, Gregory, Slater, Wall, Bailey, Lee, Rackley, Needham, Brown M.

United Services (from): Houlkes; Sandham, Grice T, Grice L, Magro, Newman, Garnish, Bass, Booker, Davis, Stanley P, Stanley R, Edwards, Thomas, Holmes, Appleby, Easton.