Moneys beaten by title rivals... Portchester hit back to draw

Jamie Musselwhite. Picture: Neil Marshall
Jamie Musselwhite. Picture: Neil Marshall
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Moneyfields slipped to a 2-1 defeat against fellow title contenders Blackfield & Langley in the Wessex League premier division.

Leaders Moneys are now just three points ahead of Satuday’s hosts.

But Blackfield & Langley have a game in hand.

Jack Lee scored for Moneys but it proved only a consolation.

A free-kick from Jake Morgan set up the goal, five minutes before the end.

Moneyfields manager Miles Rutherford admitted his side were well beaten.

He is tipping Blackfield & Langley, or Winchester City to win the division.

Rutherford said: ‘Blackfield and Winchester City are the two best teams we have played and one of them will win the league.

‘At the beginning of the season there was very little between most of the teams in the league.

‘Recently, though, Blackfield and Winchester have gone out and got six or seven new players each.

‘It is difficult when you come up against sides with their type of budget.

‘I am not too disappointed because we have done ever so well this year and probably over-achieved.’

Rutherford felt his team got off lightly against Blackfield, who could easily have won by a bigger margin.

‘It was like men against boys and we were not great on the day,’ said Rutherford.

‘We were poor up front and couldn’t get hold of the ball to retain any possession.

‘Even when we got the late goal, Blackfield were easily able to shut the game out.’

A Jamie Musselwhite equaliser rescued a 1-1 draw for AFC Portchester at Bemerton Heath Harlequins.

The home side went ahead on the stroke of half-time but the visitors kept battling to snatch a point.

Musselwhite fired into the top corner to level the score.

Portchester director of football Mick Jenkins praised keeper Lloyd Thomas.

He said: ‘Our young goalkeeper Lloyd Thomas, who has come on in leaps and bounds, kept us in the game.

‘Jamie Musselwhite missed a couple of clear-cut headers but came good with his most difficult chance at the end.’

Fareham Town, Horndean and Petersfield Town all saw their games postponed due to waterlogged pitches.