Moneys without hot shot for tough trip

Suspended: Moneyfields striker Steve Hutchings
Suspended: Moneyfields striker Steve Hutchings
Jez Bedford in action for the Hawks against Sutton. Picture: Habibur Rahman

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Moneyfields are without suspended striker Steve Hutchings for their testing Wessex League premier division visit to second-placed GE Hamble (3pm).

The Copnor club completed a unique derby treble in midweek, following up wins over Horndean and Fareham with a 2-1 triumph at Hayling United.

Manager Miles Rutherford praised the work ethic of his players but regards the loss of Hutchings as a big blow.

‘Steve’s (Hutchings) absence is a huge loss to us,’ admitted Rutherford.

‘It’s not just his goals but his strength and ability to hold the ball up front.

‘Winning the three local games was good but we did it without playing particularly well.

‘We ground out the results and will have to be better at GE Hamble if we are to get a result.

‘Our defence has looked shaky and will need to improve if we are to counter the home side’s aerial threat.’

Moneyfields, who currently sit eighth in the table, also have Jack Lee suspended but Jake Slater replaces Hutchings.

Moneyfields: Hook, Evans, Horrell, Rackley, Wain, Bailey, Middleton, Gauntlett, Hore, Savage, Slater, N’Doye, Boyle, Gregory, Asajie.

n Horndean have beefed up their midfield ahead of their visit to Christchurch with the signing of Gavin Spurway from Blackfield & Langley.

‘That gives me three big scaffolders in the midfield,’ said Deans boss Dave Carter.

‘Losing to Hayling last week was a huge disappointment and we must look to get over it as soon as possible.’

Powerful striker Billy Huntley returns from suspension tomorrow.

Horndean: Blackmore, Smith, Perkins, Shepherd, Spurway, Fennemore, Hayes, Huntley, McKie, Martin, Bell, Spicer, Paxton, Taylor.

n Hayling United boss Lee Paul expects his team to get back to winning ways as they entertain fellow strugglers Laverstock & Ford at the Hayling College ground.

The Humbugs pulled off a derby victory against Horndean last weekend but then slipped to that loss against Moneys on Tuesday night.

‘We are playing with confidence and felt we should have won against Moneyfields,’ said Paul.

Jason Clements returns from a three-game suspension and is likely to start for Hayling tomorrow.

The Humbugs remain rooted to the bottom of the Wessex League premier division but know a victory this weekend will put them level on points with Laverstock & Ford, who currently sit just outside of the relegation zone.

Hayling: Patilla, Vince, Gadd, Baker, Watts, Black, Bishop, Case, Kintchem, Tigwell, Burney, Summers, Sackman, Salter-Vaile.

n Fareham Town welcome back the experience of Rob Stock and Matt Jones for their trip to Bournemouth Poppies.

The Reds lie in mid-table and are winless from their past four matches.

‘We need to get our season back on track because we haven’t played well lately,’ said Fareham manager Matt Parr.

‘Having a bit of experience back should help settle the ship.’

Fareham Town: Douglas, Warren, Wall, Jones, Doswell, Stock, Boud, Kirby, Stephens, Tattersall, Tambling, Cuthbert, Redmond.