Wilkinson return is boost to Moneys’ title challenge

Shaun Wilkinson, seen above playing for the Hawks, has returned to former club Moneyfields    Picture: Dave Haines
Shaun Wilkinson, seen above playing for the Hawks, has returned to former club Moneyfields Picture: Dave Haines
Wes Fogden is brought down against Hemel Hempstead. Picture: Keith Woodland

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Shaun Wilkinson is expected to make his Moneyfields return against Lymington Town in tonight’s Hampshire Senior Cup tie at Dover Road (7.45pm).

The Ex-Hawks midfielder, 33, has been playing in the reserves in a bid to get fully match fit.

Moneys boss Miles Rutherford believes an up-and-running Wilkinson will help boost his side’s title challenge over the Christmas period.

‘A fit Shaun Wilkinson can be a great asset to us,’ said Rutherford.

‘He has the ability to run the midfield and his return couldn’t have come at a better time.

‘We are taking a big hit with injuries and suspensions at the moment going into an important part of the season.

‘It is nice to be sitting at the top of the league but we are pushing the boundaries and riding our luck a bit.

‘Because of that I need to be a little cute about the team I put out in the cup game.’

Rutherford won’t risk striker Steve Hutchings, who is just one booking away from a three-match ban, and will rest a number of others who have taken knocks.

Youngsters Ryan Pennery and Declan Deiden look set to get a chance.

Petersfield Town could upset Conference South giants Farnborough at Love Lane.

Ian Saunders’ team have been the surprise package in the Wessex League where they have shown themselves capable of making a title bid.

Horndean have Lewis Stockford and Nathan Kirby back in their squad for the League Cup tie with Fareham Town at Five Heads Park.

Both missed the impressive 3-2 league win at Winchester City but are back to boost Dave Carter’s resources.

The home side will start as favourites against struggling Fareham but Carter is aware that it is a derby.

‘Being a local derby brings a different dimension and our games against Fareham are always interesting,’ said Carter. ‘It is a competition we feel we have a chance of doing well in.’

George Davis makes a quick return after recently signing for Fareham.

AFC Portchester can consolidate their top-10 position in the Wessex premier by disposing of Bournemouth Poppies at Wicor Rec.