Rutherford: Moneys will be careful in double bid

Miles Rutherford. Picture: Neil Marshall

Miles Rutherford. Picture: Neil Marshall

Hawks boss Lee Bradbury

Early starts for Hawks and Moneys

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Moneyfields will be hoping to enjoy better fortune in the FA Vase when they start their campaign at home to Brockenhurst tomorrow (3pm).

The Dover Road side were thrown out of the competition last season, along with opponents AFC Bitton, after violence broke out in extra-time of their game at Dover Road.

Moneys beat Brockenhurst 5-1 in the league last weekend but boss Miles Rutherford is not expecting it to be a simple task to do the double.

He said: ‘It is never easy playing the same team two weeks running,’ said Rutherford.

‘We played well in the first game and will have to do the same again.

‘Brockenhurst are no mugs and this is by no means an easy draw.

‘After what happened last year it would be nice to go on a good run again and bring some prize money into the club.’

The hosts are without Jack Lee and Jake Raine.

AFC Portchester were also thrown out of the Vase last season.

The Royals beat Shepton Mallet 3-1 only to be found guilty of playing an ineligible player.

They start their campaign against Western League Bitton at Wicor Rec tomorrow (3pm).

‘We know this will be a tough game for us,’ said manager Graham Rix.

‘Bitton will present us with a determined and physical challenge.

‘At the moment we are suffering with injuries to some of our more experienced players.

‘We seem to be getting punished every time we make a mistake.’

Rix is likely to be without his most experienced player Sammy Igoe due to a hamstring problem.

Jack Salter-Vaile has an outside chance of recovering from a groin injury to play.

Fareham Town entertain Fawley at Cams Alders.

Matt Parr’s side have already been knocked out of the the FA Cup and Hampshire Senior Cup.

In the Wessex League premier division, Petersfield Town host Christchurch at Love Lane, while Horndean travel to Verwood Town.

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