Moneys must be up for the battle in Cup replay

Stuart Green suffered injury on Saturday. Pic: Keith Woodland
Stuart Green suffered injury on Saturday. Pic: Keith Woodland
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Moneyfields manager Miles Rutherford has challenged his players to stand strong in their FA Cup replay at Longwell Green Sports tonight (7.45pm).

It looks set to be a fiery contest.

On Saturday both teams were reduced to 10 men as they battled out a 2-2 draw at Dover Road.

Rutherford is calling on his men not to be intimidated tonight.

The Moneys boss said: ‘Longwell were pretty vocal after the game saying that we wouldn’t enjoy going to their hell hole.

‘They will be out to intimidate us with their long ball tactics and we will need to stand up to that.

‘If we want to get through to the next round we will have to be prepared to handle it.

‘We should have won the game first time around but pressed the self-destruct button after gaining a two-goal lead.

‘In the end we paid the price of ill discipline and lack of desire from the players.

‘I am looking for a reaction from them because I feel let down at the moment.’

Goals from Steve Hutchings and Bobby Scott put Moneyfields in control in an eventful first contest.

Stuart Green and Russell Rackley then suffered injuries as Moneys were knocked out of their stride.

The visitors levelled on the stroke of half-time and then equalised after Dan Gauntlett was penalised for handling the ball in the box.

Longwell saw their penalty saved but scored from the rebound.

‘It was hugely disappointing that they reacted quicker than we did,’ said Rutherford.

Things went from bad to worst when Steve Hutchings was sent off for a second bookable offence.

‘It was a disaster,’ said Rutherford.

‘Now we have to show that we are up for the battle.

‘We will need to be far more disciplined but not allow them to intimidate us.

‘It would have been right up my street when I was playing – hopefully it will be the same for my players.

‘I will be hugely disappointed if we don’t get through.’

Green and Rackley are both ruled out.