Moneys out to avoid being bitten by Bitton

Moneys boss Miles Rutherford
Moneys boss Miles Rutherford
Andreas Robinson. Picture: Habibur Rahman

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Moneyfields are gunning for FA Vase glory against Western League premier visitors Bitton in their third round tie at Dover Road (3pm).

Manager Miles Rutherford is expecting a stiff, physical challenge from the visitors who dumped Fareham Town out in the last round.

‘We have played three Western League sides already this season and they have all been big and aggressive,’ said Rutherford.

‘In the last round at Odd Down we put in an outstanding display to win through. There was a lot going on off the ball and that only served to fire us up.

‘My players showed they would not be intimidated and were prepared to scrap for it.

‘I am expecting the same again from Bitton and we will have to be disciplined and keep our heads.

‘Against Odd Down we showed a bit of endeavour, with all 11 players doing their bit and playing to their potential. When we do that we can be a match for anyone.’

With Pompey not playing, Moneyfields are hoping the local football community will turn out and get behind their team.

A place in the last 32 is at stake and a chance to go into the national stages of the competition in the new year.

The FA Vase has taken on greater significance for Moneys, who are still waiting to find out if they are to be docked 12 league points for failing to get international clearance for striker Steve Hutchings.

‘The only thing we have left to play for in the league is to get as high as we can,’ said Rutherford.

‘This is probably the last competition for us to go on and make a meaningful impression.

‘We are looking forward to it and it is nice to come into this game with a near full-strength squad.’

In the Wessex League premier division, Horndean are looking to bank three points against lowly Downton at Five Heads Park.

The home side include new arrivals Kev Pottage, from AFC Portchester, and Liam Bradbury, from Fareham.

Dan Eyres, Aaron Fennemore and Charlie Searle are all suspended.

Fareham travel to Hamworthy United.