Moneys aim to take cup woe out on Hamble

Moneyfields manager Miles Rutherford
Moneyfields manager Miles Rutherford
Matt Tubbs played well against Sutton. Picture: Habibur Rahman

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Moneyfields manager Miles Rutherford is urging his players not to dwell on their Wessex League Cup disappointment as they take on high-flying GE Hamble in the premier division at Dover Road (3pm).

The league cup semi-finalists were thrown out of the competition in midweek for unwittingly fielding an ineligible player – Sol Asajile – in an earlier round.

‘I honestly think we could have gone on and won the cup but it is no good crying over our expulsion,’ said Rutherford.

‘We did everything in good faith but the player had already played for another club in the competition earlier in the season.

‘Hopefully, we can take our frustration out on GE Hamble who are in the top three.

‘We have been playing well and getting good results but this will tell us just how far we have come.

‘A lot of the players know each other so it will be as good as a local derby.

‘The two sides are not a lot unlike each other and it could all boil down to who works the hardest.’

Moneyfields name an unchanged squad.

Moneyfields: Hook, Evans, Gauntlett, Lee, Middleton, Rackley, Slater, Bailey, Asajile, Hutchings, Wain, Davis, Gregory, N’Doye.

n Hayling United continue their survival bid with a visit from Newport IOW to the College Ground.

Humbugs assistant-manager Gavin Keogh is targeting three points from his improving side.

‘The players have shown terrific character since the start of the new year to pick up important points,’ said Keogh.

‘Newport will be a well-organised outfit but are in the bottom half of the league so it is a game we must look to win.

‘Beating Hamworthy and drawing at Fareham has boosted our confidence and belief we can stay up.’

Central defender Scott Thornton returns from holiday but Luke Bishop and Josh Case are doubts with groin problems.

Hayling United: Patilla, Watts, Baker, Thornton, Hayward, Kinchem, Black, Thurgood, Salter-Vaile, Tigwell, Burney, Gadd, Carter, Fisher, Etop-inah.

n Fareham Town head for Hamworthy United looking to stretch their unbeaten run to six games.

‘Things are progressing nicely,’ said Reds boss Matt Parr. ‘We just need to turn some of the draws into wins.’

Parr has brought in Kieron Lewis, from the University of Portsmouth, and the experienced figure of Dave Birmingham.

Fareham Town: Douglas, Boud, Jones, Doswell, Birmingham, Stevens, Lewis, Cuthbert, Cotton, Tambling, Dark, Martin, Windsor, Vickers, Redmond.

n Lowly Horndean can leapfrog New Milton Town by beating their New Forest hosts.

The visitors will need to find their shooting boots, though, if they are to return with a win under their belt.

‘Our luck has to turn soon,’ said manager Dave Carter. ‘We are doing everything but put the ball in the net and I think that’s because we’re trying too hard. If we can relax a bit more then it will come.’

Nathan Paxton returns from suspension and Dan Smith reappears after six weeks away.

Dan Hayes is unavailable.

Horndean: Howard, Luff, Smith, Perkins, Shepherd, Chapman, McKie, Bell, Fennemore, Spurway, Spicer, Paxton, Austin, Warren.