Moneyfields boss Miles Rutherford has hit back at criticisms levelled at his side by Blackfield & Langley manager Louis Bell.
The two sides drew 1-1 at Gang Warily in the Wessex League premier division last weekend.
And in the local media Bell accused the visitors of arriving with a gameplan to ‘kick them off the park.’
Bell suggested Rutherford was ‘bitter’ because two of his best players left Dover Road to join Blackfield in the summer.
‘It was a competitive game but to suggest it was “X-rated” is ridiculous,’ said Rutherford, who is preparing for the visit of Bemerton Heath Harlequins to Dover Road tomorrow (3pm).
‘We never send a team out to kick the opposition.
‘After losing three consecutive games we just went there determined not to give them any time on the ball.
‘It was competitive but not dirty.
‘Two players should have been sent off – one from each team – when Sean Wain pushed Louis Castles in the face in retaliation to a bad two-footed tackle just before half-time.
‘Bell was on the touchline calling some of my players useless but didn’t like it when I gave him banter back.
‘I suggested their chairman picked the team and not him and he got upset about that. There has never been any bitterness between the two clubs and we actually encouraged our two players – Warren Hunt and Danny Horrell – to join them in the summer because they wouldn’t get a better financial deal anywhere else.’
Horrell rejoined Moneyfields this week and goes straight into the side.
Michael Birmingham is expected to be fit, while Jack Lee has completed his suspension.
Moneyfields: Hook, Boyle, Evans, Wain, Bailey, Birmingham D, Horrell, Lee, Gee, Rackley, Gauntlett, Birmingham M, Slater, Hutchings, Savage, N’Doye, Hore
n Horndean will give a debut to new signing Danny Martin against Hamble at Five Heads Park.
The former Hayling striker has been signed to help boost the Deans’ firepower.
n Hayling boss Lee Paul must lift his players for their visit to Totton & Eling after a demoralising 9-0 midweek defeat by Winchester City.
n Fareham visit fellow Wessex League side Downton in the first round of the FA Vase.
‘ We have not been playing at our best recently but still proving hard to beat,’ said Reds manager Matt Parr.
‘ On paper the two sides look very evenly matched and it could all boil down to who wants it most on the day.’
Parr hopes to have central midfielders Robbie Pittman and Tom Winzar back from injury.
Fareham Town : Douglas, Warren, Berry, Jones, Wall, Boud, Cuthbert, Winzar, Pittman, Kirby, Cammack, Tattersall, Tambling, Redman, Knight, Jackson.