Moneys and Rams battle for top spot

Petersfield striker Warren Hunt Picture: Neil Marshall
Petersfield striker Warren Hunt Picture: Neil Marshall
Scott Hamilton scores Fareham's second goal. Picture: Neil Marshall (171158-8)

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Moneyfields and Petersfield Town go head to head in a crucial Wessex League premier division summit meeting at Dover Road (3pm).

The Rams opened up a two-point lead at the top – ahead of the Copnor club – in midweek by beating Alresford Town 2-0 and have a game in hand.

The home side, though, are determined to make the most of home advantage and leapfrog their rivals.

To achieve that they will need to get the better of a number of their old boys who are now with Petersfield.

Miles Rutherford knows his team will have to be especially wary of in-form striker Warren Hunt who was with them last season.

‘We would like to have kept Warren but we couldn’t offer him anywhere near what Petersfield could,’ said the boss.

‘The move, though, has been good for him because he became a little stale with us.

‘He is back to his old self and on his day is a very good player.

‘It will be nice to welcome back some of our old faces but at the same time we want to take the three points off them.’

The home side are still without Jamie Hore, George Way and Dougie Rowe.

Earlier in the season the two sides drew at Love Lane and Town boss Ian Saunders is expecting another close-affair.

‘Both teams try to play good football and it will certainly be competitive,’ said Saunders.

‘Moneys will be a bit like a wounded animal after losing at Blackfield and will pull out all the stops to beat us.’

Horndean host struggling Fareham in another derby at Five Heads Park.

Both teams have been frustrated by the weather recently and are keen to resume their search for points.

The hosts bring new signing Josh Maddison straight into their squad following the defender’s move from AFC Portchester.

They also welcome Nathan Paxton back (flu) but are without Ashley Harris, who has a knee ligament injury, and Lewis Stockford.

Reds manager Matt Parr has brought in fresh blood in their fight for survival and give a debut to ex-Portchester central defender Charlie Bailey.