Pericard set for Moneys bow

Former Pompey striker Vincent Pericard
Former Pompey striker Vincent Pericard
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Vincent Pericard is set for his Moneyfields debut tonight.

The former Pompey and Stoke City striker has played in the Premier League but is pencilled in to make his Wessex League premier division bow for the trip to Folland Sports (7.45pm).

The 32-year-old has answered the SOS call from the Copnor club to step in for the suspended Steve Hutchings for the next three games.

But boss Miles Rutherford believes it can become a longer-term arrangement if Pericard enjoys it.

‘With our leading goalscorer banned and the natural replacement, Dougie Rowe, not ready to return from injury, we had to look around for alternatives,’ said Rutherford.

‘Pericard is close to one of the families at our club and has agreed to help us out.

‘He says he just wants somewhere he can play and enjoy his football.

‘If it works out then it can be a major coup for the club.’

Second-placed Moneyfields can leapfrog Petersfield Town and return to the top of the league with a win.

The visitors are also boosted by the return of George Way, Dean Arnold and Rowe, who have all returned from injury.

Petersfield host Winchester City in the quarter-finals of the Wessex League Cup at Love Lane (7.45pm).

The two sides fought out a 2-2 draw in the league at the weekend and another close-fought affair is expected.

If they are to progress, the Rams will have to contain City dangerman Warren Bentley, according to Town boss Ian Saunders.

‘We will have to put the shackles on Bentley because he is one of the best players in our league,’ said Saunders.

The manager expects to make a few changes to freshen things up after playing on a heavy pitch at the weekend.

Fareham Town can climb out of the relegation zone by beating Newport (IW) at Cams Alders (7.30pm).

Matt Parr’s side have boosted their survival chances by picking up seven points from three games.

Meanwhile, Horndean are looking to pull off another shock result against AFC Bournemouth in the Hampshire Senior Cup at Five Heads Park (7.45pm).