Moneys must to back to basics... Royals buzzing... Austin boosts Deans

Steve Hutchings. Picture: Neil Marshall
Steve Hutchings. Picture: Neil Marshall
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Miles Rutherford is urging Moneyfields to go back to basics in their bid to get back to winning ways in the Wessex League premier division.

The Copnor club host Bemerton Heath Harlequins having lost two of their last three home games.

Rutherford described the performance in the 3-2 defeat by Cowes Sports in their last home game as the ‘worst ever.’

He is looking for a big improvement tomorrow.

‘We have to pick things up and need to work a lot harder,’ said Rutherford.

‘If we get back to doing the basics right then we will be okay.’

Moneyfields are boosted by the expected return of captain and leading goalscorer Steve Hutchings from injury.

AFC Portchester can keep the pressure on the top two by beating Blackfield & Langley at Wicor Rec (3pm).

The Royals are in good form and will be confident they can continue their high level of performance.

But manager Graham Rix is expecting a difficult test from a team who are recognised as one of the strongest outfits in the division.

‘Blackfield are one of the teams expected to be challenging at the top and it won’t be easy,’ said Rix.

‘We expect a difficult game but our players are buzzing with confidence at the moment.

‘These are the games against teams in and around you where you need to make sure you get something.

‘The test for our players is can they keep doing it week-in, week-out.’

The home side go into the contest with a full squad to choose from.

Horndean are hoping to have prolific goalscorer Gary Austin back to face Lymington Town at Five Heads Park (3pm).

Austin, who has scored eight goals in as many games, has been suffering from vertigo.

But his return is a timely boost for the Deans.

Manager Dave Carter is hoping for a return to winning ways.

He felt they should have beaten Fawley last time out but instead had to settle for a point.

‘It was definitely two points dropped at Fawley,’ said Carter.

‘We have made a confident start and it is important to keep the momentum going.

‘Lymington are a good side, though, and we will have to work hard to keep our unbeaten league run going.’

The home side are likely to be without Robbie Pitman after he tore knee ligaments in midweek.