Injury concerns for Moneys

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Gosport have taken a lift from Craig McAllister's leadership. Picture: Keith Woodland

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Moneyfields have been ravaged by injury ahead of their Hampshire Senior Cup tie against Blackfield & Langley at Dover Road tonight (7.45pm).

Stuart Green, Russell Rackley, James Lacey and Jay Ripiner have all been ruled out against their fellow Wessex League premier division opponents.

Manager Miles Rutherford, however, is relieved that striker Steve Hutchings can play his final game before starting a suspension.

‘It is disappointing to be without so many players but we just have to get on with it,’ said Rutherford.

‘Losing Steve Hutchings for Saturday’s FA Cup game at Bashley is more of a worry.

‘We shared the points at Blackfield in the league earlier in the season and we were probably the better team on the night.

‘Despite our problems, I am hoping we can still get a result.’

Fareham Town have an added incentive to beat Combined Counties visitors Cove at Cams Alders (7.45pm).

A Reds win would set up a tasty looking derby tie against Gosport Borough at Privett Park in the next round.

‘In the five years I have been with Fareham we have never met Gosport in a competitive fixture,’ said Fareham boss Matt Parr.

‘It will be nice to rectify that statistic.

‘I am looking for us to get the league defeat at Horndean out of our system but we will need to start better.

‘At Horndean it was a bit like after the Lord Mayor’s Show because in the previous game against Newport we had produced some of our best football.’

Parr welcomes back leading goalscorer Sam Knight after a trip to America – and has Joe Wilson back from a hamstring injury, too.

Horndean manager Dave Carter intends to give youth a chance against Fleet Spurs at Five Heads Park(7.45pm).

Sixteen-year-olds Harrison Smith (goalkeeper) and central-midfielder Liam Kimber are expected to make their senior debuts.

‘We haven’t been playing our prettiest football in cup games but keep getting through,’ said Carter.

Forward Nathan Paxton could be back after a knee injury.

Petersfield Town are missing players for their trip across the Solent to take on East Cowes Vics.

‘We are a bit depleted because of players having trouble getting there straight from work,’ said Town manager Ian Saunders.

In the other local tie, Hayling United entertain New Milton Town at Hayling College (7.45pm).