Moneys too hot for Totton

Opener: Steve Hutchings
Opener: Steve Hutchings
Steve Hutchings scored late for Moneyfields to earn them a draw. Picture: Ian Hargreaves

Moneyfields equalise twice to get draw

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Moneyfields kept up their hopes of a top-three finish in the Wessex League premier division with another devastating display in a 3-1 win at Totton & Eling last night.

The visitors’ margin of victory could have been even greater but for an upright denying skipper Russell Rackley and the Totton keeper keeping out several goalbound efforts from striker Steve Hutchings.

Before being substituted on 75 minutes, Hutchings had been involved with just about everything that was created and he set Moneyfields on the road to victory by charging in to meet a deep cross from Conor Bailey and heading home early on.

Hutchings, Luke Middleton and Dan Gauntlett all went close to increasing the lead and youngster Jack Lee was unlucky to see his far-post header cleared off the line.

Almost everything Totton created was gobbled up by a Moneyfields rearguard intent on giving nothing away.

After the restart, Moneyfields went further ahead as Sean Wain’s inspired pass gave Bailey the chance to cut a path through along the line before delivering a cross-shot that buried itself into the net.

Then, moments after Totton’s Craig Feeney had somehow shot wide with the goal at his mercy, play broke to the other end where Bailey’s corner was not cleared and Gauntlett was in to prod the ball into the net off the backside of Totton defender Phil Ward.

Totton knew it wasn’t their night when central defender Matt Monk – having already been booked and substituted – questioned a refereeing decision from the bench to earn himself a red card.

Late on, and with the match effectively won, former Saint Jo Tessem created an opening for Feeney to grab a consolation.

‘It was a good performance from the lads, though I was disappointed not to have kept a clean sheet,’ said Moneyfields boss Miles Rutherford.

‘To come away on a Friday night and get three points for a job well done makes for a happy weekend.’

Totton & Eling: Mowthorpe, Brock, Steer, Feasey, Ward, Monk, Cox, Marwood, Feeney, Tessem, Green. Subs: Anderson, Armstrong, Oliver, Lloyd, Jenkin.

Moneyfields: Cameron, Evans, Wain, Lee, Rackley, Horrell, Lacey, Middleton, Gauntlett, Hutchings, Bailey. Subs: N’Doye, Brown, Davis.