Moneys eager to settle score... Deans in confident mood

Joe Bye in action for Portchester in the FA Vase on Saturday. Picture: Malcolm Wells
Joe Bye in action for Portchester in the FA Vase on Saturday. Picture: Malcolm Wells
Hawks boss Lee Bradbury. Picture: Keith Woodland

Hawks boss sickened by home form

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Moneyfields are on a revenge mission as they travel to Horndean for a derby clash at Five Heads Park tonight (7.45pm).

The Deans are in form after their FA Vase victory against Winchester City on Saturday – that has earned them a home tie with either Holmer Green or Ascot United in the second round proper.

They are also the only side to beat Moneys in the league so far this season.

But Miles Rutherford’s Dover Road side warmed up for the game with a 5-0 victory against Bournemouth Poppies on Saturday.

Rutherford said: ‘Horndean took three points off us at our place and we would like to return the compliment.

‘Our target is to get as many points as possible between now and Christmas.

‘If we can still be in and around the top five at that stage then we can go into the serious end of the season with a chance.’

Jake Morgan starts his suspension following his two successive red cards.

Rutherford, however, is boosted by the return of Dean Arnold from Gosport Borough.

Arnold has been out for a year but is drafted straight into the visitor’s squad.

Deans boss Carter believes his team have the ability to trouble Moneys.

He said: ‘Moneyfields have good strikers and defensively we will need to be at our best.

‘If we can repeat our performance at Winchester we can be a match for anybody in our league.

‘We have won seven of our last eight games and are flying.’

AFC Portchester take on Petersfield Town at Wicor Rec tonight (7.45pm).

Town have lost only twice in 15 games this season.

Royals boss Graham Rix is predicting another tough test for his team.

‘We know our opponents are a well-organised, well-drilled team,’ said Rix.

‘In the last few weeks we have shown great togetherness and spirit.’

Meanwhile, Portchester have been drawn away to United Services in the second round proper of the FA Vase.

Fareham Town face Winchester City at Cams Alders tonight (7.45pm).

Both teams lost in the FA Vase on Saturday and will be looking to bounce back quickly.