Moneyfields draw with Christchurch

Moneyfields boss Miles Rutherford
Moneyfields boss Miles Rutherford
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Moneyfields manager Miles Rutherford was happy to see his weary side battle to a 2-2 Wessex League premier division draw at Christchurch.

The Copnor club came from behind twice to secure a share of the spoils with their big, powerful hosts.

It was testimony to the stamina and resilience of the visitors after going into the game on the back of a gruelling Portsmouth Senior Cup-tie just 48 hours earlier.

Moneyfields had triumphed over Fareham Town in the semi-final but had needed extra-time to do so in a hard-fought encounter.

‘I have to be happy with a good draw away from home,’ said Rutherford.

‘We did look a little leg-weary at times and playing Thursday night didn’t help.

‘The players showed their character and resilience, though, to come away with a point.

‘Christchurch were a big, physical, powerful side and both their goals came from set-pieces.’

The home side led 1-0 at half-time before Dean Blake levelled with a 54th-minute wonder-strike, thundering a 30-yard volley straight into the top corner.

Christchurch regained the lead on 65 minutes from a corner but, 10 minutes later, the home keeper could only parry a Warren Hunt shot leaving Jamie Hore to tap in from close range.

Meanwhile, Hayling United’s situation worsened at the foot of the table – even though they were without a game – as closest relegation rivals Brockenhurst earned a surprise 2-1 win on the Isle of Wight at Brading Town.