Moneys keep FA Vase Wembley dream alive

Dan Gauntlett, centre, was on target as Moneyfields beat Brimscombe & Thrupp 2-0 in the FA Vase   Picture: Mick Young
Dan Gauntlett, centre, was on target as Moneyfields beat Brimscombe & Thrupp 2-0 in the FA Vase Picture: Mick Young
Blu Boam in action against Bashley. Picture: Keith Woodland

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Moneyfields kept their FA Vase Wembley dream alive with a hard-fought 2-0 win at Brimscombe & Thrupp in their third-round replay.

An early goal from Dan Gauntlett and a second in stoppage-time from substitute Jamie Hore sent the Copnor side through with the hosts ending the game with nine men.

The reward for Dave Carter’s team is a home tie against Bristol Manor Farm in the fourth round.

Carter praised the battling spirit of his team.

‘We came here with just 12 players and got a fantastic result,’ said Carter.

‘It was after we were let down at the last minute by a number of players who didn’t travel.

‘The players who did show up gave everything on a wet heavy pitch and were shattered at the end.

‘They all put their bodies on the line and we were good value for our win.

‘We stuck to our game plan and frustrated our opponents, who lost their discipline.’

Meanwhile, there appears to be no end to Fareham Town’s pitch problem as the weather forced yet another postponement

A mid-afternoon pitch inspection once again ruled one area of the Cams Alders pitch as unplayable which meant the local derby against AFC Portchester became the latest postponement.

Fareham manager Steve Stone fears the situation will get worse with the worst of the winter months still to come.

‘It is just one area where the pitch slopes into the corner,’ said Stone.

‘When the referee put his foot on it the water just came over his boots.

‘Because there are plans to develop the ground in 2017 no-one is prepared to spend money on it.

‘It means our pitch has hardly been played on in the last five months.’