‘Next four will decide season’ for Moneys

Steve Hutchings plays his final match before a three-match suspension
Steve Hutchings plays his final match before a three-match suspension
Ben Wright waits on the referee to award one of his goals. Picture: Vernon Nash (180380-107)

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Moneyfields manager Miles Rutherford believes the best is yet to come from his side as they welcome Verwood Town to Dover Road in the Wessex League premier division (3pm).

The Copnor club are fifth in the league but Rutherford feels they have been too inconsistent.

‘The next four games will decide our season,’ said Rutherford.

‘They are all against teams below us and, if we can pick up a maximum points haul, then we can head into the new year with everything to play for.

‘With the quality of players we have, there is no reason why we can’t do that.

‘So far we haven’t really got going and I am looking for us to kick-start our season.

‘If we don’t, then we will end up as also-rans.’

Striker Steve Hutchings will be hoping to go out on a scoring note before starting a three-match suspension.

Hayling United are eyeing another major scalp as they entertain Blackfield & Langley at Hayling College (3pm).

In their previous home game the Humbugs beat leaders Christchurch 2-0 and are hoping to maintain that confidence for tomorrow.

‘This is a tricky game for us because Blackfield are in good form,’ said Humbugs manager Steve Poulton.

‘The players showed against Christchurch, though, they can be a match for anyone.’

Hayling are boosted by the return of injured pair Peter Murphy and Ryan Gadd but Aaron Kinchen is still ruled out with ankle ligament problems.

AFC Portchester boss Glenn Bridgman is looking for a response from his team after their midweek Wessex League Cup defeat at Brockenhurst.

Bridgman’s side were dumped out of the cup by the first division side after a shocking display.

‘It is important we turn up for this one because it is a winnable game,’ said Bridgman.

Robbie Pittman, Josh Maddison and Marlon Day return for Portchester and leading goalscorer Simon Woods is expected to start.

Fareham Town will look to upset fifth-placed Alresford at Cams Alders and Horndean visit Totton & Eling in search of vital points at the bottom.