Moneys miss deadly duo

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Hawks boss shrugs off setback in Cornwall

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Moneyfields are without their two main strikers as they go up against unbeaten Sholing in the Wessex League premier division at Dover Road (3pm).

Steve Hutchings and Warren Hunt are both suspended, forcing the hosts to reshuffle up front.

Dan Gauntlett is likely to start, with Jake Slater – who has returned from injury – also expected to play some part.

Moneys manager Miles Rutherford, however, fears the weather might once again have the last word.

He said: ‘If we have any more rain the game will be in doubt.

‘The weather is killing all the clubs at the moment.

‘If the game goes ahead it would be good to be the first team to lower Sholing’s colours in the league this season.

‘It doesn’t help not having your first-choice strikers, though, against the team who will win the league.’

The loss of Liam Gilbert is a big blow to Horndean ahead of their meeting with Hamworthy United at Five Heads Park (3pm).

The midfield playmaker has been lured away by Southern League outfit AFC Totton.

‘Liam has been our outstanding player in recent weeks,’ said disappointed manager Dave Carter.

‘You can’t blame the player because he wants to progress and we wish him well.

‘It is always going to be difficult with no budget to attract players to stay.’

Carter is boosted by the return of George Way from holiday and Alex Shephard from injury to fill the gap.

Goalkeeper Tom Boyle will make his debut after signing from Guildford.

AFC Portchester can continue their push towards the top six by beating Lymington Town in the New Forest.

The Royals are in a confident mood after reaching the Hampshire Senior Cup semi-finals with a 3-1 win over Petersfield Town.

New signing Jake Thomson did well on his debut in midweek and will continue in his wide role.

Nathan Lynch returns after being cup-tied and central defender Craig Hardy has recovered from illness.

‘Lymington have already given us a good game this season so we don’t expect it to be easy,’ said director of football Mick Jenkins.

Fareham Town host Alresford Town at Cams Alders.