Moneys duo back for derby battle

Alfie Rutherford. Picture: Neil Marshall
Alfie Rutherford. Picture: Neil Marshall
Ben Wright is in good scoring form. Picture: Keith Woodland

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Moneyfields manager Miles Rutherford has his main strike force back for their Wessex League premier division derby at Fareham Town tonight (7.45pm).

Steve Hutchings and Alfie Rutherford return from suspension and they could spell trouble for the hosts.

Moneys recently enjoyed a 6-0 win over the Reds but Rutherford is expecting a tougher test this time around.

‘I have to make sure there is no complacency in our camp,’ said the Dover Road boss.

‘We will need to be on our guard because Fareham are a better side than their last showing might suggest.

‘It is never easy at their place but we are starting to get a few players back.’

Midfielder George Way played 15 minutes as a substitute in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Bemerton after recovering from injury.

And Rutherford has yet to decide whether to include Jake Morgan following two successive red cards.

‘He needs to control himself,’ said the boss.

Struggling Fareham netted a morale-boosting 6-1 league cup win at Fleet Spurs on Saturday.

But boss Matt Parr knows Moneyfields will be a totally different proposition.

‘This is a tough ask for us,’ he said.

‘I have got three or four players coming back so that will help.’

Parr is boosted by the return of defenders George Colson, Kieron Lewis, Louie Martin and Josh Cripps.

AFC Portchester are relishing the chance to take on unbeaten Whitchurch United at Wicor Rec (7.45pm).

Manager Graham Rix is excited by the prospect of taking on another top side.

‘This is the sort of game that will give us an idea of where we are,’ said the boss.

‘It is a real test and one the players should be up for.’

Sean Thurgood is likely to continue in midfield after an impressive debut in the 4-2 win over Brockenhurst.

Thurgood has signed from Blackfield & Langley and brings experience to the Royals midfield.

Jack Salter-Vaile is on his way back from injury but Sammy Igoe, Gary Moody and Danny Audin are out.

Horndean host Hayling United in the Portsmouth Senior Cup, while Petersfield Town entertain Paulsgrove.