Moneyfields remain Hampshire Premier League title favourites after victory over lowly Chamberlayne

Moneyfields need eight points from their final five games to clinch the Hampshire Premier League title at the first time of asking.

By Simon Carter
Monday, 21st March 2022, 12:52 pm
Shane Cornish, middle, netted on his Moneyfields debut as they beat Chamberlayne 3-1 at Petersfield School.
Picture: Keith Woodland
Shane Cornish, middle, netted on his Moneyfields debut as they beat Chamberlayne 3-1 at Petersfield School. Picture: Keith Woodland

Promoted last summer after two pandemic-scarred campaigns in Division 1, Moneys have won 21 of their 25 Senior Division matches so far.

Their latest was a 3-1 success over relegation-threatened Chamberlayne on the 3G surface at Petersfield School.

‘The scoreline doesn’t reflect the performance as a whole,’ said Moneys boss Lee Mould. ‘If it had been eight or nine I don’t think they could have complained.

‘I was really pleased with the guys. At half-time we should have been three or four up and in the second half we played them off the park.’

Moneys took an early lead when left wing-back Alex Pullin - promoted from the U18s - whipped in a cross which Luke Richards volleyed in.

Mould’s side then had a ‘mad 10 minutes’ which resulted in a Chamberlayne leveller.

Striker Fin Gibbs restored the lead in the second half and Shane Cornish celebrated his first start - two months after leaving Paulsgrove - with a third.

Mould was keen to highlight the performance of another member of the club’s U18s, midfielder Robbie Davis.

‘He’s got a really bright future ahead of him, he’s like a Rolls Royce,’ purred Mould. ‘‘He’s only a skinny lad, there’s literally no meat on him. He’s only just turned 17, but he’s been our best player in recent weeks by a country mile.’

Next up for Moneys, who remain a point behind leaders Denmead with three games in hand, is a tough trip to fourth-placed Fleetlands next Saturday.

The Coptermen will be fresh from a 2-0 win at third-placed Locks Heath and Mould declared: ‘We’ve got five games left and the next game is always the biggest. Fleetlands will be a real challenge, speaking to people they were unlucky to lose at Denmead recently.

‘If we can get past Fleetlands and get the points, it will be a big step for us.’

Moneys’ HPL Cup semi-final with Locks Heath - postponed last midweek due to bad weather - has been rearranged for Wednesday, March 30 at Fareham’s Cams Alders.

The winners will play either Meon Milton or Sway, who meet this Wednesday at the same venue.