Rutherford adamant there will be no repeat of troubles

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Moneyfields manager Miles Rutherford insists the club won’t suffer a repeat of last season’s troubles.

The Copnor club were kicked out of both the FA Cup and the FA Vase and suffered a six-point deduction in the Wessex League premier division.

The FA Cup and Wessex League penalty was due to a failure to gain international clearance for striker Steve Hutchings on his return from Australia.

The FA Vase expulsion came after the cup-tie against Western League Bitton was abandoned by the referee, after a fracas broke out during extra-time.

With wing-back Jake Raine returning from America during the summer, the club are making sure that the international clearance procedure is followed.

‘We are looking to put all last season’s problems behind us,’ said Rutherford.

‘The return of Jake Raine is great for us and we just have to make sure we get it right.

‘He has the ability to be the best right-wing back in our league.

‘Because of our problems in the FA Cup competitions we are having to start in the extra-preliminary round this year.

‘We don’t mind that and it is good for teams at our level to stay in the competitions as long as possible.’

Rutherford has lost the services of Stuart Green to Gosport Borough and young full-back Rob Evans to AFC Portchester.

But he has signed Totton & Eling pair Dougie Rowe and Adam Lowther.

Rowe scored 22 goals in 35 games for the strugglers last season and Lowther shone in midfield.

George Way has also come back to the club and central-defender Tom Chapman has sealed a switch to Dover Road from Horndean.

Striker Ash Tattersall is another new addition, from Fareham Town.