Moneys’ potential reward is plum home tie

Miles Rutherford
Miles Rutherford
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A plum home tie awaits the winners of tonight’s first qualifying round FA Cup replay between Moneyfields and Godalming Town at Dover Road (7.45pm).

The victors will host Conference North outfit Worcester City, one of the non-league greats in FA Cup history.

In 1959, they caused one of the biggest upsets in FA Cup history by beating Liverpool at St George’s Park.

Moneyfields manager Miles Rutherford is aware, however, that his side have a job to finish first after drawing 1-1 at Godalming on Saturday.

‘This is a big game for us, not least because of the £3,000 prize money at stake,’ said Rutherford.

‘It is a lot of money for a small club like ours.

‘I believe we are capable of getting the right result even though it won’t be easy.

‘We could, and maybe should, have won the tie in the first game.

‘Steve Hutchings missed a good one on one which would have put us two up at the break.

‘We also had two strong penalty shouts turned down.

‘Even their manager agreed that when Dean Blake was brought down, it was a cast-iron penalty.

‘It will be tough in the next round for whoever goes through.’

Moneyfields are sweating on the fitness of striker Hutchings who is struggling with a shoulder injury.

The Hawks have been granted a home tie against Southern League south & west neighbours Sholing.

‘We have enough FA Cup experience to know it will be difficult,’ said Hawks manager Shaun Gale.

‘They are a well-organised, decent side with good players and will be relishing the chance to have a crack at us.

‘We will approach it in a professional manner and give them the respect they deserve.’