Rutherford sets sights on cup glory

George Gregory, right, fired Moneyfields on their way to victory
George Gregory, right, fired Moneyfields on their way to victory
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Moneyfields boss Miles Rutherford set his sights on Portsmouth Senior Cup glory after watching his young guns blow United Services away.

A double from George Gregory and one from Conor Bailey bagged the Wessex League premier division side a 3-0 victory at Dover Road and fired them through to the semi-finals.

After shuffling his pack, Rutherford was delighted with the contribution of his young charges.

He said: ‘It wasn’t the best of conditions with the cold wind blowing but at least it gave me chance to see the younger players I brought in.

‘They mixed in well with the senior players and the result of course takes us into the semi-finals of a competition we would like to win.’

Moneys join Fleetlands and Fareham in the semi-final draw – with Horndean and Gosport Borough yet to face-off in their quarter-final.

Injuries and unavailability forced Rutherford and Services boss Bob Brady into changes, with both calling up players from their reserve teams to fill the void.

Moneys made a bright start and only the agility of Services keeper Pete Houkes robbed Bailey of an early goal.

The shot-shy hosts failed to convert a string of pin-point crosses from Gavin Jones before a Gregory effort was superbly cleared off the line by Ed Richardson.

On 40 minutes, though, Moneys finally got their noses in front.

Hunt, who seconds earlier had smashed a free-kick just over the bar, set up Gregory to score form a narrow angle.

And almost before the celebrations were over Hunt crossed for Bailey to double the advantage.

Ten minutes into the second half Hunt, at his creative best, teed up Gregory to net his second and put the tie to bed.

Moneys then hit cruise control with Services never looking like netting a consolation.

MONEYFIELDS: Scott, Evans, Wain, Gauntlett, Kerridge, Rackley, Gregory, Jones, Slater, Hunt, Bailey. Subs: Horrell, Scott, N’Doye.

UNITED SERVICES: Houkes, Sandham, Richardson, Magro, Lee, Bass, Grice, Baxter, Lines, Elvin, Appleby. Subs: Giambelardini, Cook, Davies, Pottage.