Moneys target second place

Moneys striker Steve Hutchings
Moneys striker Steve Hutchings
Horndean are aiming to make Cup progress at the second attempt

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Moneyfields host an attractive top-of-the-table Wessex premier encounter against Alresford Town at Dover Road tonight (7.45pm).

Miles Rutherford’s third-placed side have the added incentive of knowing a win will see them leapfrog their visitors into second.

‘We will need to be up for this one because we feel we owe them one after losing at their place earlier in the season,’ said Rutherford.

‘It was a game we dominated for long spells and they came back at us towards the end.

‘Alresford have been the surprise package in the league this season.

‘Their team is well organised and they have a couple of dangerous players up front.

‘Our back four will need to be decent for this one.

‘To be fair, they have been solid most of the season but have let themselves down on one or two occasions.

‘This is not a game they can afford to do that in because Alresford are well capable of winning it.

‘I am looking for my team to be solid all over the pitch.’

Moneyfields also possess their own danger men in Steve Hutchings, Bobby Scott and Warren Hunt so it promises to be an exciting encounter.

Horndean manager Dave Carter believes his side’s visit to bottom-club Romsey Town is a ‘massive’ game.

The visitors are nine points clear of the bottom two, with games in hand, and a win will go a long way towards making them safe.

‘We have two big games in the space of 48 hours, with the Hayling match on Thursday,’ said Carter.

‘With all the games we have to play, if we can get ourselves on a good run we can still finish in the top 10.

‘It won’t be easy, though, having to pack 15 games into the final six weeks.

‘We will have to play it clever and target certain matches.’

Carter hopes to field his strongest side for the two midweek games.

However, goalkeeper Jack Stansbridge is away on holiday and Alex Shepherd is a long-term absentee with a broken foot.

Hayling United, who also face a hectic finish to the season, hope their game against GE Hamble at the College Ground can go ahead.

In the Ryman League premier, Bognor aim to build on their first league win in eight – achieved with a 1-0 win over Wingate & Finchley on Saturday – when they welcome Hampton & Richmond to Nyewood Lane.

Portchester striker Simon Woods is not available for the Rocks but Dan Thompson is likely to be back after his trial at Stoke City.