Rutherford’s joy as super-sub son cashes in for Moneys

Alfie Rutherford   Picture: Neil Marshall
Alfie Rutherford Picture: Neil Marshall
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Sixteen-year-old Alfie Rutherford can expect some extra pocket-money to come his way after his two goals helped Moneyfields to a 5-2 Wessex League premier division win over Totton & Eling at Dover Road.

With the city club struggling to overcome their dogged visitors, young Alfie was sent on by his dad, manager Miles, and he made an instant impact.

He not only took his goals well but also helped set up another easing the hosts to a comfortable win.

‘I know he is my son but he came off the bench and livened things up,’ said Rutherford senior.

‘His is a raw talent but it is good to see.

‘He has a little bit of pace about him and he made a difference.’

Rutherford was less than happy at the interval, though, after watching his team throw away a two-goal lead.

Goals from Steve Hutchings and Dougie Rowe in the opening 25 minutes put Moneyfields in command.

The home side however took their foot off the pedal and paid the price conceding twice before half-time.

‘We stopped doing things properly, started to take liberties and it was frightening,’ said Rutherford.

‘You cannot afford to do that and we came badly unstuck.’

Petersfield were brought down to earth with a bump by Folland Sports who romped to a 6-1 win at Love Lane.

Town scored first through Robbie Tambling but then fell apart in the face of a second half onslaught.

‘I wasn’t prepared for what happened in the second half,’ said Town boss Ian Saunders.

‘Once we fell behind heads dropped and we crumbled.

‘It was like watching men against boys and hopefully has taught us a harsh lesson.

‘At this level if you make fundamental mistakes you will get punished.’

Tambling took his goal well after being put through by new-boy Danny Thompson but after that it was all downhill for the home side.

Horndean had to settle for a 2-2 draw after throwing away a two-goal lead against Bournemouth Poppies at Five Heads Park.

Goals from Lewis Stockford and Mark Smith put unbeaten Horndean in the driving seat.

The Poppies pulled a goal back before the break and it was Horndean who wilted in the second half, conceding a late equaliser.

‘This was our third hard game in a week and the players looked dead on their feet towards the end,’ said assistant Gary Lines.

‘It was disappointing to let them back into the game and it was one we felt we should have won.’

Anthony Rhinaota’s strike proved enough to get AFC Portchester off the mark with a 1-0 win at Brockenhurst.