Moneys look for boost as they wait for FA verdict

Miles Rutherford. Picture: Steve Reid (113566-596)
Miles Rutherford. Picture: Steve Reid (113566-596)
Brett Poate

Defenders provide a big boost for Moneyfields

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Moneyfields will try and put their FA Vase concerns to one side as they visit Bournemouth Poppies in the Wessex League premier division (3pm).

The Dover Road outfit are waiting to hear if they are going to be thrown out of the Vase after their tie against Bitton was abandoned because of a brawl.

‘The most important thing for us at the moment is waiting to see what is going to happen in the Vase,’said Moneyfields manager Miles Rutherford.

‘We are also still waiting to hear if we are to have points deducted in the league because we didn’t get international clearance for Steve Hutchings when he came back from Australia.

‘In the meantime, we have to just keep going and pick up as many wins as we can.

‘Bournemouth won’t be easy because I believe they are in a false position in the league.’

Experienced midfielder Shaun Wilkinson is an injury doubt and Adrian Brockway is taking a break from playing.

Jake Morgan and Jack Sullivan return to the squad.

AFC Portchester face another tough test of their title credentials with a trip across the Solent to face third-placed Newport (3pm).

The Royals are keen to bounce back from their 3-0 home defeat by leaders Winchester City in midweek.

‘I think the final scoreline flattered Winchester,’ said Royals coach Louis Bell.

‘We paid the price for conceding two early goals but hopefully our youngsters can learn from that.

‘When you play top sides you have to be at your game from the start.

‘It is important now we don’t undo all our good work.

‘Newport will be tough because they are always a hard-working side.

‘They drew 2-2 at our place early in the season and we will have to make sure we match their work-rate.’

Craig Hardy is suspended and Louis Castles is ruled out with a knee problem.

Influential striker Nathan Kirby is another doubt after picking up a knock.

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