Stand-in skipper grabs double in Moneys win

Steve Hutchings. Picture: Neil Marshall
Steve Hutchings. Picture: Neil Marshall
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Steve Hutchings scored a brace as Moneyfields maintained their four-point lead at the top of the Wessex League premier division on Saturday.

The division’s top scorer was made captain for the visit of Bournemouth Poppies to Dover Road and responded with two second-half strikes in a 5-0 success.

Dan Gauntlett, Tom Chapman and Lewis Fennemore also netted.

Although boss Miles Rutherford admitted there was still room for improvement and is looking to strengthen his side.

‘We dominated but we didn’t play brilliant football,’ said the boss.

‘That said, I’m pleased with the win and I’ll take the three points.

‘The win consolidated our place at the top but we can’t afford to rest on our laurels.

‘We’ve got some tough games in the coming month, so it’s important we keep picking up points – even if we aren’t at the top of our game.

‘With a number of our injured players still three or four weeks away from returning, I still need to bring one or two more players to the club.

‘If I don’t, then we could pay a heavy price over our tough Christmas period.’

Hutchings has found himself in hot water with officials in recent weeks.

Rutherford added: ‘We made him captain to help him be able to talk to referees.

‘Will he be skipper for the next game? We’ll see.’

Elsewhere, Ashley Harris hit both goals in Horndean’s 2-0 win over Folland Sports.

Harris took his tally to six goals in four games.

‘We bossed the whole game from start to finish,’ said Deans boss Dave Carter.

‘Our keeper didn’t have a save to make and having a goalscorer like Ashley makes a big difference.

‘It is a fantastic win for us against a team who had not lost in 16 games.’

Petersfield Town kept up the pressure on the leaders with a 4-2 success over Fareham Town at Love Lane.

Andy Todd scored twice, while Dan Woodward and Warren Hunt also struck for the hosts.

Josh Cripps and Lee Tigwell replied for the Reds.