Rutherford hopes Friday football will be a money-spinner

Miles Rutherford. Picture: Neil Marshall
Miles Rutherford. Picture: Neil Marshall
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Moneyfields are launching an experiment with Friday night football, starting against Bemerton Heath Harlequins in the Wessex League premier division at Dover Road tonight (7.45pm).

The Copnor club are hopeful the switch will attract more spectators.

‘We are going to give it a try and see what happens,’ said manager Miles Rutherford.

The home side are hoping for a win to banish the disappointment of their FA Cup exit at Bradford Town.

It has been tough for the club, with several key players unavailable for matches in the early stages of the season so far.

‘It is frustrating because I am struggling to get a consistent team out week-in, week-out,’ said Rutherford.

The Dover Road boss hopes Gosport will allow striker Stuart Green to put in an appearance.

Green moved to Privett Park in the summer but is not currently involved in the Vanarama Conference South.

Jack Lee and Dougie Rowe could return from work commitments and injury.

Horndean boss Dave Carter expects to have Nathan Kirby, Ellis Martin and Nathan Paxton back for the visit of Whitchurch United to Five Heads Park (3pm).

Horndean missed a penalty in what was their first reverse of the season, as they were beaten 2-1 by AFC Portchester.

‘It is how we react after losing that is important,’ said Carter.

‘I thought we were the better side and dominated for long periods.’

Carter has to do without influential midfielder Lewis Stockford because of work commitments.

Petersfield Town are looking to get back on track against Bournemouth at Love Lane (3pm).

Manager Ian Saunders regards it as an opportunity to consolidate on a reasonable start to life in the premier division.

He believes they are getting stronger.

‘We are starting to get players back from holiday and injury,’ said Saunders.

‘After two defeats we need to get some of our confidence back and this will be a good test.’

AFC Portchester visit Totton & Eling looking to build on their local derby success over Horndean.

‘We are still not quite firing on all cylinders but slowly things are starting to come together,’ said manager Graham Rix.

Fareham Town can face their tough trip to leaders Blackfield & Langley with greater confidence after a 5-1 win over Totton & Eling.

‘We are starting to click but this game will show where we are at,’ said Reds manager Matt Parr.