Bradbury could turn to Rutherford... Deans land Johnson

Alfie Rutherford. Picture: Habibur Rahman
Alfie Rutherford. Picture: Habibur Rahman
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LEE BRADBURY may be tempted to recall young striker Alfie Rutherford for tonight’s visit of Chelmsford City to Westleigh Park (7.45pm).

Rutherford grabbed the decisive goal in the Hawks 1-0 Vanarama National League South win at East Thurrock United after going on as a second-half substitute.

The youngster’s pace caused the home side all sorts of problems and did enough to put him back in the manager’s reckoning for a start.

In the last home game Bradbury opted for two up front, playing Matt Tubbs alongside Jason Prior.

Now he has to decide between the experience of Tubbs and the youthful energy of Rutherford.

Horndean and AFC Portchester are in derby action at Five Heads Park in the Wessex League Cup (7.45pm).

The home side expect to involve latest signing Ben Johnson, from Bognor.

Manager Michael Birmingham is excited by the arrival of the ex-Rocks player to the club.

‘Ben is an outstanding team player and will give us that little bit more experience we need,’ said the Deans boss.

‘His knowledge and quality can help take some of our youngsters to the next level.

‘I will also be giving a chance to some of the players who have been sitting on the bench recently.’

The Royals are looking to build on their excellent 1-1 draw at Sholing Sports.

Ian Saunders also expects to change his side up.

‘We will be giving some of our younger players a chance,’ he said.

One of those will be 16-year-old centre-half Charlie Smith who did well in his 25 minutes at Sholing.

Fareham Town manager Pete Stiles hopes to have a number of players back for the cup game against Gosport Borough.

Callum Laycock, Louis Castles and Curt Robbins could feature in the squad.