Striker blow for Moneys

Alfie Rutherford Picture: Neil Marshall
Alfie Rutherford Picture: Neil Marshall
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MONEYFIELDS face a tough assignment at third-placed Winchester City tonight, with both teams looking to close the gap on the Wessex premier leaders (7.45pm).

Petersfield Town have opened up a six-point lead at the top ahead of their title-chasing rivals.

The Copnor club have been hit by the loss of young striker Alfie Rutherford through injury, though, which could keep him out for while.

Rutherford and strike partner Steve Hutchings have scored 60-plus goals between them so far this season and he will be a big loss.

‘Alfie has been struggling with an ankle injury and maybe we shouldn’t have started him in recent games,’ said manager Miles Rutherford.

‘It was good to get back to winning ways against Follands and it will be nice to keep that going.

‘We know it is going to be tough at Winchester because they are looking to make up ground on us. It is still Petersfield’s title to lose.’

Leaders Petersfield travel to basement club Totton & Eling.

The Rams should extend their winning run but manager Ian Saunders is aware the home side have improved recently.

‘Totton have picked up some good wins, including one over Winchester,’ said Saunders.

‘We will have to make sure we stay focused.’

AFC Portchester can extend their unbeaten run to 11 games by seeing off Hamworthy United.

The Royals have assembled a talented squad and their post-Christmas winning run has lifted them up to seventh in the table.

‘I am delighted with what we are doing,’ said manager Graham Rix.

‘The lads are playing with a lot of confidence and there is a terrific team spirit here.

‘We have a few games in hand but it is important we make the most of them.’

Horndean travel to Bemerton Heath Harlequins looking to put their League Cup woes behind them.

The Deans side crashed out 6-2 at home against Blackfield & Langley on Tuesday night.

Fareham will be hoping for a different outcome as they host the Waterside club at Cams Alders. The Reds are two points adrift of safety.