Moneys eye Vase verdict after away trip

Moneyfields boss Miles Rutherford. Picture: Malcolm Wells (114485-8518)
Moneyfields boss Miles Rutherford. Picture: Malcolm Wells (114485-8518)
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Moneyfields and Bitton expect to hear their FA Vase fate tomorrow when the Football Association consider the clubs’ representations.

Both teams have been charged with bringing the game into disrepute after their tie at Dover Road was abandoned when a brawl broke out in extra-time.

If found guilty, they are likely to be expelled from the competition.

‘We are writing to state our case to the Football Association,’ said Moneyfields manager Miles Rutherford.

‘Even though there was a brawl, as such, it was mainly a lot of pushing and shoving.

‘As a result it looked a lot worse than it actually was and both benches sorted the situation out as quickly as possible.

‘No-one was seriously hurt or needed any treatment.

‘There wasn’t any ill feeling between the two clubs afterwards either.

‘We don’t know what Bitton intend to do but it is unlikely we will appeal against any decision the FA makes.’

If the game is replayed, the winners will have a home tie against Hadleigh in the last 16 of the competition.

In the meantime, Moneyfields are back in Wessex League premier division action at Lymington Town tonight (7.45pm).

Rutherford admits it isn’t easy with the Vase verdict still hanging over their heads.

And he believes that showed in the 2-2 draw at Bournemouth Poppies on Saturday.

‘We were 2-0 up at half-time and cruising,’ said the boss.

‘Then we lost all concentration and allowed them back into it.

‘It is difficult but we have to get our heads right and stay motivated.’

Stuart Green, Shaun Wilkinson and Russell Rackley are all missing for the game due to injury and work commitments.

Elsewhere, Fareham Town are aiming to maintain their unbeaten home record in the league as Verwood visit Cams Alders (7.45pm).

‘We are starting to turn the corner after a bad spell and have now gone four games unbeaten,’ said boss Matt Parr.

‘Hopefully we can tighten up a bit defensively.’

The Reds have Blu Boam, Ian Humble and Lee Tigwell back in their squad.