Moneys boss calls for six of the best

Jack Salter-Vaile returns to the Humbugs defence tomorrow. Picture: Mick Young (112791-16)

Jack Salter-Vaile returns to the Humbugs defence tomorrow. Picture: Mick Young (112791-16)

Moneyfields beat Newport IW 1-0 to finish top of the Wessex League premier division. Picture: Keith Woodland. 170532

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Moneyfields boss Miles Rutherford has warned his men to underestimate Laverstock & Ford at their peril.

The Copnor outfit host the Wessex League premier division strugglers at Dover Road tomorrow (3pm).

Rutherford does not need to be reminded of how Moneys have come unstuck against the division’s lesser lights in the past.

And as he targets a top-six finish, he has warned his side they cannot afford to throw points away this time around.

‘I have told the players our next six games will decide if we can be more than a mid-table team,’ he said.

‘It is a crucial period for us and if we can put a string of good results together, we can put ourselves into a good position for the second half of the season.

‘In our last three games we have started to play with a bit more belief and pace.

‘When we put a bit of energy into our game and play at a good tempo, we are a threat.

‘It is important we keep going about it the right way, wherever our opponents are in the league.’

Moneys, who will have the luxury of a full-strength squad tomorrow, booked their spot in the last eight of the Wessex League Cup on Tuesday night with a 4-2 triumph at Alton.

Rutherford’s side are the last of the local clubs left and will travel to Brockenhurst in a bid to reach the last four.

Moneyfields: Hook, R Evans, Bailey, Horrell, Rackley, Hore, Gauntlett, Boyle, Slater, Middleton, Hutchings, Savage, Adedji, Wain, Lee

n Hayling United have influential defender Jack Salter-Vaile back from injury for their testing trip to Bournemouth Poppies.

His return is a big boost for boss Lee Paul, as the Humbugs aim to close the gap on their fellow strugglers at the foot of the table.

‘Jack makes us look a lot more solid and can virtually play anywhere,’ said Paul.

‘Earlier in the season he even played a couple of games as a replacement goalkeeper.

‘If we can raise our game and remain organised we can come away with something.’

Paul is still without Scott Thornton (suspended) and Luke Fisher (groin), though.

Hayling United: Patilla, Gadd, Baker, Salter-Vaile, Watts, Kitchen, Case, Sackman, Clements, Tigwell, Burney, Fisher, Summers

n Horndean are badly hit by illness, injury and suspension ahead of their difficult visit to sixth-placed Romsey Town.

Goalkeeper Simon Howard, defender Tom Chapman and striker Billy Huntley are all suspended.

Torr Spicer (calf), Neil Perkins (ill) and Dan Hayes (holiday) are also missing.

Good news for the visitors, though, are the returns of Nathan Paxton and Nick Taylor.

‘We have players out of position but will go and give it our best shot,’ said boss Dave Carter.

Horndean: Blackmore, Smith, Sheppard, Fennemore, Luff, McKie, Warren, Spurway, Martin, Miroy, Austin, Bell, Paxton, Taylor

n Fareham won’t find it easy to stop their slide as they visit fifth-placed side Christchurch.

The Reds have lost their last seven games, which has seen them drop into the bottom half of the table.

And a 4-1 humbling by AFC Totton in the Hampshire Senior Cup this week did little to lift the mood at Cams Alders.

Fareham Town: Douglas, Camp, Jones, Doswell, Wall, Cuthbert, Stock, Vickers, Pitman, Boud, Darke S, Darke M, Cammack, Kirby

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