Rutherford demands a reaction

Moneyfields goalkeeper Dave Hook
Moneyfields goalkeeper Dave Hook
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Moneyfields manager Miles Rutherford is demanding a reaction from his players as they host Downton in the Wessex League premier division tomorrow (3pm).

The Copnor club paid for a poor performance at Folland Sports in midweek with their first defeat of the season.

And Rutherford won’t settle for a repeat performance as he targets a top-four finish for his side this term.

‘We were poor all round and need to pick things up again,’ said Rutherford.

‘In the first half we looked as though we hadn’t turned up, didn’t possess a threat up front and couldn’t defend against the long ball.

‘If we want to stay up and around the top four we must look to pick up points in a big weekend for us.’

Goalkeeper Dave Hook is doubtful with a groin injury, so Cameron Scott is called into the squad.

There is a possibility that full-back Dave Birmingham could return after groin problems.

Moneyfields: Scott C, Evans, Bailey, Lee, Rackley, Ford, Lacey, Hunt, Green, Scott B, Hutchings, Savage, Gauntlett, Giddins, Raine, Hook

n AFC Portchester are aiming to get off the mark at home when they welcome the Oilmen of Fawley to Wicor Mill (3pm).

A 3-1 FA Cup win at Team Solent, followed up by a 6-1 thumping of Totton & Eling away from home in the league, has given Portchester new-found confidence.

First-team coach Louis Bell believes much of that is down to the arrival of experienced targetman Jamie Musselwhite.

‘This week has seen us get our season up and running,’ said Bell. ‘One swallow doesn’t make a summer and we must keep working hard at it.

‘Jamie Musselwhite has come in and he is what I would call an old-fashioned centre-forward.

‘We had been playing well before but he has given us more of an end product.’

One player to benefit from Musselwhite’s arrival is Nathan Kirby, who has been converted into a front man from his midfield role.

Kirby has grabbed a brace in each of the past two games and presents a potent threat alongside Musselwhite and Simon Woods.

Manager Graham Rix is able to name an unchanged squad.

AFC Portchester: Hutchings, Maddison, Hardy, Audin, Stone, Bye, Stockford, Castles, Horstead, Musselwhite, Kirby, Croswell, Moody, Holmes, Webb, Woods

n Horndean are geared up for a bombardment against Verwood Town in the New Forest (3pm).

‘Verwood were very direct last season and we will need to adapt and deal with it,’ said Horndean manager Dave Carter.

‘St Vincent international Shaun Benjamin has been solid in the centre of our defence, though we have leaked a few goals in other areas.

‘I’d like to think that we can go there and pick up all three points.’

Horndean: Stanbridge, Ayres, Benjamin, Warren O, Milroy, Warren J, Spurway, Bell, Paxton, Martin, Burney, Turner, Clark, Perkins, Fennemore, Desport