Rutherford ‘delighted’ by Moneys draw

Moneys boss Miles Rutherford. Picture: Steve Reid (113566-599)
Moneys boss Miles Rutherford. Picture: Steve Reid (113566-599)
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Miles Rutherford praised his Moneyfields side after they battled to a 0-0 draw with Wessex League premier division joint-leaders Downton.

After last weekend’s defeat to GE Hamble, the boss called for a response from his men at Wick Lane.

And he got just that as they came close to claiming victory against the Wiltshire side.

Jack Lee had a great chance early on but failed to convert when through on goal.

‘The first half was probably the best we have played this season,’ said Rutherford.

‘It was more even after the break but I still think we edged it.

‘I am disappointed not to come away with all three points.

‘Jack had a good touch and did everything right only to slot it wide.

‘Full credit to my players, though, because they turned up on a horrible day on a tricky playing surface but got their attitude right.’

Just four fixtures across the Wessex League survived the torrential rain.

But Downton’s surface was passed fit, although it quickly became a quagmire once play got under way.

Moneys got to grips with the conditions quickest and a Conor Bailey free-kick was deflected narrowly wide in the early skirmishes.

The nearest the home side came to a goal was just before the break when Moneys failed to deal with the hustle and bustle of Dan Finnagan, who eased through to rattle the woodwork.

More heavy rain rendered the pitch almost unplayable in the second half but the two sides battled on in search of an opening goal.

Chances were limited, though, as Downton keeper Charles Aldridge denied Steve Hutchings and substitute Bobby Scott to ensure his side took a share of the spoils.

‘After a couple of disappointing displays, to go to a place like Downton and take a point in awful conditions has shown me the true capability of my lads,’ said Rutherford.

‘They have set a standard they must continue to live up to.

‘To be fair, if it had been a decent playing surface we could have stretched them even further and won.

‘The only time they really worried us was early on when they hit one of our posts.

‘But to travel away to a team that are joint top of the league and take a point is something I am delighted about.’

Downton: Aldridge, M Scott, Mundy, Thomas, Smith, Finnagan, Dorrington, Waters, McGregor, Turpin, Urry. Substitutes: Rusher, Gulliver, Brooks, Telfer

Moneyfields: Hook, Evans, Brockway, Lee, Rackley, Sackman, Hunt, Lacey, Slater, Hutchings, Bailey. Substitutes: B Scott, C Scott, Gauntlett, Raine

n The heavy rain put paid to the fixtures involving Hayling, AFC Portchester, Fareham and Horndean.

AFC Portchester were set to host Romsey Town at Wicor Rec.

Frustrated boss Glenn Bridgman said: ‘My lads have put together some very good displays recently, so to have to send them home was really annoying.

‘I have a couple of new experienced players ready to start – Floyd Hamadu and Marlon Day.

‘They will have to wait until Wednesday (league cup quarter-final at Brockenhurst) now.’