‘Poor’ Portchester mauled by Moneys

George Way    Picture: Neil Marshall
George Way Picture: Neil Marshall
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Portchester boss Graham Rix labelled his side’s performance the worst under his tutelage as rivals Moneyfields earned a 5-0 Wessex League premier division win at Wicor Rec.

‘It’s the worst I’ve seen us play since I’ve been here and we got what we deserved,’ admitted Rix.

‘Fair play to Moneys – they played well, but we were poor.’

Portchester attacked directly from kick-off through Gary Moody, but Moneyfields keeper Dave Hook got down well to palm his effort wide.

Minutes later, Moody again forced Hook into a save, when he headed Louie Castles’ corner straight at the keeper.

Stuart Green penned Moneys’ first shot on target with a long-range effort, but keeper Luke Hutchings got down easily to gather.

Moments later, though, Hutchings was beaten.

A low-driven free-kick from George Way went under the Portchester wall and snuck past the keeper to give the visitors the advantage.

Moneyfields doubled their lead just before the break, when an in-swinging Way free-kick was half-cleared by Hutchings, only for unmarked 16-year-old Alfie Rutherford to nod home.

On the stroke of half-time, things got tougher for the Royals when they were reduced to 10 men after Craig Hardy elbowed Conor Bailey.

Steve Hutchings made it 3-0 10 minutes after the break, when Portchester’s Robert Evans fouled the striker inside the box.

The striker dusted himself down before coolly rolling the ball past his namesake.

The Royals’ Elliot Ward nearly grabbed a consolation goal shortly after, but his free-kick was superbly tipped around the post by Hook.

Hutchings ended the contest, though, grabbing his second when he headed home a Bailey cross to make it four.

Russell Stanley completed the scoring with a fifth goal in the final minute, following a goal-mouth scramble.

Rix added: ‘The red card didn’t do us any favours, but in my view it was merited.

‘The fact there were five bookings in the first 20 minutes was stupid.

‘It was never really that sort of game, but ultimately we were very poor tonight.’