Moneys fear Hutchings’ exit... Reds angry about Austin... Royals face headache

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Moneyfields manager Dave Carter is resigned to seeing Steve Hutchings leave the club.

The prolific striker failed to appear for the FA Vase match at Hallen.

Steve Hutchings. Picture: Neil Marshall

Steve Hutchings. Picture: Neil Marshall

Hutchings is one of the most feared marksmen in the Wessex League and his exit would be a big blow to Moneys.

‘Steve Hutchings has just disappeared off the face of the earth,’ said Carter.

‘We have not seen hide nor hair of him.

‘He has not been coming to training and seems unwilling to toe the line.

‘He might be leading goalscorer but it doesn’t matter who you are you still need to come training.

‘I need people here who are committed to the club.’

Moneyfields face a tricky test at Blackfield & Langley and hope to include newly-signed striker Gary Austin.

Carter has come under fire for bringing the ex-Horndean player to Dover Road via Fareham Town.

If Austin had stayed at Horndean, Carter would not have been able to sign him because of a Wessex League ruling.

The ruling only allows you to sign three players from any one club.

And Carter had already taken three players from his previous club.

Fareham manager Steve Stone feels he was duped by the player.

‘I asked Gary if he was serious about playing for Fareham and he said he was,’ said Stone.

‘Two weeks later Dave Carter comes in with a seven-day approach and he has gone.

‘People did try and warn me and I suppose I was a bit naive.’

Fareham are desperately hoping the rain will stay away so they can get their game against Bournemouth on at Cams Alders (3pm).

Their pitch has been waterlogged recently due to drainage problems.

AFC Portchester are badly hit by suspensions for their trip to Hamworthy United (3pm).

Rob Evans, Craig Hardy, Joe Noakes and Joe Bye are all ruled out.

Manager Graham Rix admits their absence is a blow.

But he believes it is an opportunity for others to come in and show what they can do, with the club looking to start putting together a good run of form.

He said: ‘Hamworthy is never an easy place to go and we need to make sure that we are right.

‘I am looking for us to put a run together that I know we are more than capable of.’

Horndean are without a game this weekend.