STEVE HUTCHINGS gave Moneyfields’ supporters the perfect Christmas present – smashing a superb hat-trick in his side’s 4-0 derby win over Horndean.
Boxing Day football at its best was served as the two Wessex League premier division sides went head-to-head at Dover Road.
Sadly, the visitors from Five Heads Park never got going until they found themselves three goals behind.
And, although they battled away until the final whistle, the nearest they came to a consolation goal was a thundering drive from Gavin Spurway that struck an upright.
Moneys striker Hutchings stole the show with his superb treble.
His first came after just three minutes, sweeping the ball into an empty Horndean net after a superb move between Conor Bailey and Rob Evans created the opportunity.
Then following several more chances for Luke Middleton, Jake Slater and Dan Gauntlett, Hutchings thundered home a penalty after Horndean’s Alex Shepherd had tripped Jack Lee in the area.
To make sure the job was done by the interval, Moneyfields opened up the Deans with another classy move, leaving Hutchings to present Slater with a chance from six yards that was impossible to miss.
Just before the interval and Horndean finally stirred from their slumber – Alex Miroy going close with a shot from distance that fell the wrong side of a post.
On the hour, Horndean boss Dave Carter made a triple substitution in an effort to get something from the game.
And his side began to trouble the hosts for the first time as Bryn McKie, Simon Howard and Billy Huntley came off the bench in place of Gary Austin, Jack Warren and Nick Tayler. However, that optimism was short-lived as Moneyfields increased their lead thanks to another splendid goal.
This time Danny Boyle set Hutchings free to go clear, ease around keeper Jason Plomer and finish in style for the fourth goal of the match.
Then just before Spurway’s effort that came back into play off a post, Moneyfields’ defender Bailey blazed wildly over to waste the efforts of Evans and Slater who created the chance.
Moneys’ boss Miles Rutherford was understandably delighted following the Christmas cracker.
‘That was a far better performance than when we beat New Milton Town in midweek,’ he said.
‘And we got the result we deserved, which delighted me and shows the lads care about doing their best for the club.’
Deans manager Carter was less impressed.
‘Some of my lads didn’t turn up on the day,’ he said.
‘And after a good run that included a 3-0 win at Alton in midweek, that was a major disappointment.’
Moneyfields: Hook, Evans, Bailey, Lee, Rackley, Gauntlett, Hore, Middleton, Slater, Hutchings, Boyle. Substitutes: Wain, Savage, Gregory, N’Doye, Horrell
Horndean: Plomer, Tayler, Luff, Shepherd, Chapman, Warren, Spurway, Austin, Miroy, Paxton. Substitutes: McKie, Huntley, Howard, Perkins, Canfield
n In the Ryman League, Bognor kept their division one south title dream alive with a 1-0 victory over Worthing at Nyewood Lane.
Steve Harper’s 61st minute goal was the difference between the two sides.
But Bognor were fortunate to hold on for all three points as the visitors missed a late penalty and the Rocks had Jon Marzetti sent off.