Boss demands Moneys take their chances

Moneyfields boss Miles Rutherford Picture: Neil Marshall
Moneyfields boss Miles Rutherford Picture: Neil Marshall
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Moneyfields boss Miles Rutherford has challenged his team to take their chances as Verwood Town visit Dover Road in the Wessex premier tonight (7.45pm).

The Copnor club missed out on the chance to return to the top of the table in their 1-1 draw against Petersfield Town on Saturday.

Rutherford felt his side, who eventually drew 1-1 with the Rams, should have gone in at half-time with more than their one-goal lead.

‘If we had gone 2-0 up then I think we would have won,’ said Rutherford.

‘We dominated the first half but failed to make it count.

‘It is an important time because all the teams at the top have tough games coming up and it is wide open at the moment.’

The home side will need to be wary of their New Forest visitors, who pulled off a surprise 2-1 win over title-chasing Blackfield & Langley on Saturday.

‘It is vital that we get on top of them and make our superiority count,’ added the Moneys manager.

‘But they will arrive here in a confident mood after their great win.’

The home side name an unchanged squad.

League leaders Petersfield entertain Whitchurch United at Love Lane looking to maintain their top spot.

Boss Ian Saunders felt his team fully deserved their draw at Dover Road after an improved second-half display.

Like Rutherford, though, he is also wary of opponents looking to bounce back after a surprise defeat.

‘Whitchurch will be determined to put their defeat at Hamworthy behind them and will be tough opponents,’ said Saunders.

‘We are top of the league and that makes us a prize scalp for the other teams.

‘I would still much prefer to be where we are with points on the board.’

The Rams will add the experienced James Ford to their squad after his recent arrival from Fareham Town.

AFC Portchester host Folland Sports at Wicor Rec looking to avoid a hat-trick of defeats against their local rivals.

Graham Rix’s side are in good form, with 11 goals in their past three games.

Their fire-power could also be boosted by the inclusion of Simon Woods and Alex Baldacchino, who was signed from Sholing Sports.