Rutherford sets Boxing Day challenge

Moneyfields boss Miles Rutherford
Moneyfields boss Miles Rutherford
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Moneyfields boss Miles Rutherford has challenged his players to continue to strut their stuff in the Wessex League premier division.

The Dover Road side entertain local rivals Horndean on home soil on Boxing Day (1pm), determined to spread some festive cheer and extend their winning run to five matches.

That run of form has seen Moneys rise to seventh in the league table – well above the challenge posed by neighbours Hayling United, Fareham and Horndean.

And Rutherford is keen to keep Moneyfields’ local rivals at arm’s length, starting with victory against Dave Carter’s Deans on Monday afternoon.

‘It should be another real challenge for us and we are hoping that fans of both clubs will turn up for what promises to be a festive lunchtime of competitive football between two local sides,’ said Rutherford.

‘The clubhouse at the club will be up and running, and as Pompey are away at Millwall, we are hoping our turnstiles will be busier than usual.

‘It’s important to us that we keep going, and although we don’t see ourselves finishing in the top five or six of the league table, to end up ahead of our local rivals means a great deal.’

The home side will have their work cut out if they are to extend their winning run.

Confidence is high in the Horndean camp following their 3-0 victory on the road against Alton Town in midweek.

And boss Carter fancies his chances of getting another fine result on away territory.

‘There is nothing to compare with a local derby so soon after Christmas and everyone is looking forward to it,’ said Carter.

‘Both clubs are on a good run and we obviously fancy our chances of going there and causing an upset, particularly after a superb display to beat Alton that boosted our confidence going into the Christmas and New Year matches.’

Moneyfields: Hook, Evans, Bailey, Lee, Rackley, Gauntlett, Hore, Middleton, Slater, Hutchings, Boyle, Wain, Savage, Gregory, Asajile

Horndean: Plomer, Howard, Chapman, Shepherd, Luff, Smith, Taylor, McKie, Martin, Fennemore, Miroy, Paxton, Huntley, Bell, Warren