Moneys rue luck after Vase exit

Steve Hutchings heads the ball on for Moneyfields in their FA Vase tie with GE Hamble     Picture: Steve Reid (123780-425)

Steve Hutchings heads the ball on for Moneyfields in their FA Vase tie with GE Hamble Picture: Steve Reid (123780-425)

Moneyfields beat Newport IW 1-0 to finish top of the Wessex League premier division. Picture: Keith Woodland. 170532

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Moneyfields’ run in the FA Vase came to an end in the cruellest way as an own goal condemned them to a 1-0 loss to Wessex League rivals GE Hamble.

The hosts dominated for large periods but were undone with 10 minutes left by a fortuitous winner for the visitors.

Moneys made four changes from the side that limped to defeat at leaders Christchurch in the Wessex premier on Tuesday.

With Dan Sackman, James Lacey, Bobby Scott and Conor Bailey all returning to the starting line-up, the home side had the better of the opening exchanges.

Scott’s third-minute free-kick was straight at the keeper, while Steve Hutchings’ header from a corner lacked power.

It was a much-better display from Miles Rutheford’s side in the opening 45 minutes and all that was lacking was a goal to reward them for their dominance in possession.

Moneys wasted a great chance to break the deadlock on 25 minutes when Warren Hunt and Rob Evans collided with each other as they chased Bailey’s cross.

Hamble were struggling to make any headway against the hosts’ defence and their only effort on note in a goalless first half was a deflected long-range effort from Nicky Watt.

The home side were convinced they should have had a penalty on the hour when Lloyd Webber appeared to handle Hutchings’ shot - but the referee waved away the furious protests.

To add insult to injury, Sackman was denied a goal from the resulting corner after a finger-tip save by the away keeper.

It was proving to be a frustrating afternoon for Moneys.

Bailey blazed his free-kick over and then saw his shot came back off the base of the post.

With 10 minutes to go, Hamble took the lead from a freak goal.

Webber’s header was drifting well wide but hit both Bailey and Hook before trickling over the line.

FA Vase second round

MONEYFIELDS 0

GE HAMBLE 1 (og)

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