Moneys cling on to fourth by narrowest of margins

Bobby Scott, right. Picture: Sarah Standing (13347-6652)
Bobby Scott, right. Picture: Sarah Standing (13347-6652)
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Moneyfields signed off their Wessex League premier division campaign with a 4-3 defeat to Downton last night.

But the Dover Road outfit held on to fourth spot by the narrowest of margins.

Boss Miles Rutherford could only watch as his side handed the visitors a 3-0 head start in the first half.

A double from Bobby Scott and a Jay Ripiner strike fired them back into the season-ending contest.

And those goals proved crucial in the final reckoning.

Bemerton Heath Harlequins beat Fawley 3-0 to draw level on points.

But Moneyfields’ final goal-difference was a single strike better than their rivals, leaving them safe in fourth.

It looked like the home side were doomed to fifth spot when a Vince Rusher double put Downton in command shortly after the half-hour mark.

And things went from bad to worse on the stroke of half-time, when Matt Scott netted his first of the season.

But Moneys roared back into the match after the break.

Moments after coming off the bench, Scott pulled a goal back with a deflected free-kick.

Before Downton had time to regroup, Scott struck again – this time Ripiner and Warren Hunt teeing him up.

But any thoughts Moneys had of completing a memorable comeback were quashed when Claudio Herbert cut in and restored the visitors’ two-goal cushion.

The goal-rush was not over, though, as Ripiner chased a clearance before angling a shot past Charles Aldridge as he raced out to narrow the angle.

And in the end, it was his goal that sealed fourth spot.

MONEYFIELDS: Hook, North, Brockway, Lee, Wain, Bailey, Camp, Davis, Charmers, Gee, Ripiner. Subs: Lacey, C Scott, B Scott, Hunt

DOWNTON: Aldridge, Palmer, Holmes, Scott, Smith, Finnagan, Brooks, Rusher, McGregor, Turpin, Herbert. Subs: Western, Hope

n Baffins Milton Rovers will face Moneyfields in what is being billed as a David versus Goliath final of the Portsmouth Senior Cup tomorrow night.

The Portsmouth Divisional Football Association (PDFA) are proud the clash – between the Portsmouth Saturday League outfit and their Wessex League rivals – will be taking place at Fratton Park tomorrow night (7.30pm).

And they are looking forward to a long and fruitful relationship with the Pompey Supporters’ Trust after their successful Blues takeover.

New Pompey chairman Iain McIness said: ‘I remember still the thrill of playing at Fratton Park as a youngster in an end-of-season final.

‘Supporting grass-roots football in Portsmouth and the surrounding area is a vitally important part of our role.

‘We know Fratton Park is a much-cherished venue and the opportunity for local footballers to play at the ground is something we are committed to maintaining.’

Tickets are £10, with free entry for under-14s provided they are accompanied by an adult.