Moneyfields looking to fly talisman Hutchings back from Scotland in bid to reach Hampshire Senior Cup final

Moneyfields are prepared to go to extraordinary lengths to give themselves the best chance of reaching the Hampshire Senior Cup final.

Monday, 9th March 2020, 12:32 pm
Updated Monday, 9th March 2020, 1:11 pm
Steve Hutchings ccould be flying back to Portsmouth to play for Moneyfields against AFC Bournemouth in the Hampshire Senior Cup. Picture: Duncan Shepherd

They host AFC Bournemouth’s youngsters in the semi-final at Dover Road on Tuesday night (7.45pm).

Talismanic striker Steve Hutchings is away working in Scotland but the club are attempting to fly him back for the game.

It shows how important the goalscorer is to Moneys’ hopes of springing a major county cup shock against the young Cherries.

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Though he is currently suspended from Southern League Division 1 South games, Hutchings remains available to play in the cup tie.

Assistant manager Matt Jones accepts whatever side Bournemouth put out, his team face a massive test as they bid to reach the club’s first ever HSC final.

He is adamant they stand more chance of causing an upset with former Cherries striker Hutchings in the team.

'It won't be easy to get him back but we will do everything we can to make it happen,' said Jones.

'Steve is a very influential player for us.

'We are a different team when he is in the side.

'He is a proven goalscorer and can be a match-winner.

'Losing Ryan Pennery for much of this season to injury means Steve has been the one we have had to rely on for goals.

'It will be a massive plus for us if we can get him back.'

If it proves impossible to organise the flights, Moneyfields are likely to stick with makeshift striker Sam Pearce up top.

Moneyfields go into the game on the back of a confidence-boosting 1-0 home win against Highworth.

The win gave them an 11-point cushion above rock bottom Barnstaple Town.

With just one team being relegated this season, Moneyfields - still with games in hand - should retain their league status.

Jones would love to see the club cap a difficult season with a cup final appearance.

In addition to the HSC, Moneys are also through to the last eight of the Portsmouth Senior Cup.

But the focus at the moment, however, is on surprising a Bournemouth side managed by Shaun Cooper.

'We are expecting to mostly come up against their Under-23 side,' said Jones.

'No-one is expecting us to win, but it is a one-off cup tie.

'Our pitch is not the easiest to play on and it might be a bit of an eye-opener for them.'

Moneys have beaten National League outfit Aldershot, Winchester City and Andover New Street in this season’s HSC.

Cherries, meanwhile, included £15m signing Jordan Ibe when they won their quarter-final 4-0 at Moneys’ divisional rivals Sholing in January.

The former Liverpool winger could well be called upon at Dover Road.