Moneys wait on Hutchings

Moneyfields striker Steve Hutchings Picture: Neil Marshall
Moneyfields striker Steve Hutchings Picture: Neil Marshall
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Moneyfields manager Miles Rutherford faces an anxious wait on striker Steve Hutchings ahead of their top-of-the-table Wessex League premier division clash at Whitchurch United (3pm).

Hutchings, the league’s leading goalscorer, has a knee problem and is considered a serious doubt.

‘He struggled through our last game and we are waiting to see how bad the problem is,’ said Rutherford.

‘We could end up losing him for a little while and that won’t be good.

‘If you take the leading goalscorer out of any side it is bound to be a big loss.’

The Copnor club also have to do without defender Ellis Martin who broke a toe in the 3-2 win over Hamworthy United.

Rutherford, however, is boosted by the return of central defender Tom Chapman from suspension and the possible reappearance of Russell Rackley after injury.

Horndean are looking to repeat their recent FA Vase success on their return to Winchester City in the league.

Dave Carter’s team won 3-0 in the Vase but are expecting a tougher test this time.

‘Winchester will be keen to make amends for what we did to them in the Vase,’ said the boss.

‘They are a strong side backed by a decent budget but we will return looking to pick up points.’

Deans striker Gary Austin is still serving a ban but midfielder Gavin Spurway is back from suspension.

Central defender Alex Shephard is struggling with a hamstring problem and Lewis Stockford is working.

Fareham Town give a debut to Hawks Academy graduate Jake Gale in their testing trip to Folland Sports (3pm).

Gale, son of Hawks assistant manager Shaun, has joined the Reds to gain further experience of senior football.

Striker Ashley Tattersall is also included following his return from Moneyfields.

AFC Portchester can do the Reds a big favour by winning at second-from-bottom Christchurch (3pm).

Second-placed Petersfield Town will look to take advantage of any slip from the leaders by beating Lymington Town at Love Lane.