Moneys out to nab top spot

Alfie Rutherford Picture: Neil Marshall
Alfie Rutherford Picture: Neil Marshall
Jaosn Prior. Picture: Keith Woodland

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MONEYFIELDS aim to continue their flying start to their Wessex League premier division campaign by going top of the pile tonight.

Miles Rutherford’s side can leapfrog Petersfield with victory over local rivals Fareham at Dover Road (7.45pm).

But Rutherford knows his men will have a tough test on their hands against Matt Parr’s side.

Teenage marksman Alfie Rutherford has enjoyed a sensational start to the campaign.

The 16-year-old, who is the son of the Moneys boss, has already bagged 12 goals so far this season.

He is a doubt for tonight’s game after picking up knee and ankle knocks in Saturday’s 4-0 win over Christchurch.

Rutherford joins Dougie Rowe and George Way as other injury concerns for Moneys, with Jack Lee away on holiday.

With some big games on the horizon, including a meeting with Petersfield, manager Rutherford is looking forward to his players being tested.

He said: ‘We’re doing okay at the moment.

‘We have a big enough squad to cope as it is, but if we got a few players back it would be even better.

‘Last year we struggled with that. It’s better now but we are starting to hit a couple of injuries.

‘We have a couple out and Alfie had a bit of a rough time Saturday.

‘Jack Lee will be a miss but Tyler Giddings has come in and been a revelation in the middle of defence. He’s been exceptional.

‘We can go top if we win and that’s a motivation.

‘But it’s always a hard game against Fareham.

‘It doesn’t matter who’s playing for them, their manager, Matt Parr, has them well-organised.

‘We have some big games coming up, but we’re looking forward to it.’

Meanwhile, AFC Portchester will be looking to build on their weekend victory against Verwood Town tonight against Alresford Town at Wicor Rec (7.45pm).

Jamie Musselwhite bagged a double after his recent return to the club, as the Royals ended a run of three defeats and a draw with a 3-0 success.

– JORDAN CROSS