Moneys hope third time is a charm against islanders

Warren Hunt is suspended for Moneyfields tonight
Warren Hunt is suspended for Moneyfields tonight
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Moneyfields hope to make it third time lucky against Newport in their Wessex League premier division contest at Dover Road tonight.

The Isle of Wight club have already knocked Moneys out of the FA Cup and Wessex League Cup this season so boss Miles Rutherford is looking for his table-topping side to turn the tables on the sixth-placed islanders.

‘This is a massive game, even at this early stage in the season,’ said Rutherford.

‘It is easily our biggest game in the league so far.

‘Although we are top, we have lost three games and we need to win this one to keep us in contention.

‘Winning will give us all to play for in the rest of the season.

‘In the FA Cup tie against them, we didn’t play anywhere near our true ability.

‘It will be a tough game because Newport are well-organised and are particularly strong through the middle of the pitch.

‘If we can repeat the level of performance when we beat Hamworthy 3-0 at the weekend, I am confident we can win this time.’

The Hamworthy win on Saturday was marred by a horrific double-leg fracture suffered by young attacker Jamie Hore.

Hore is in plaster up to the top of his leg and is unlikely to play again this season.

Warren Hunt is suspended for tonight’s match, Jason Parrish is ruled out with a hamstring problem and Shaun Kerridge is unavailable.

Danny Boyle is drafted in to the squad.

Fareham Town manager Matt Parr intends to ring the changes for the trip to Lymington Town.

The Reds have gone out of both the FA Vase and FA Cup in the past fortnight and Parr wants to stop the rot.

‘After a couple of disappointing results I need to freshen things up a bit,’ said Parr.

‘A number of players have lost their form.’

Tonight will be only Fareham’s third Wessex League premier division clash this season.

In the Portsmouth Senior Cup, AFC Portchester entertain Hampshire Puma Engineering visitors Paulsgrove, while Hayling United take on Fareham’s reserves.