Teenagers the difference for Moneys... Ram’s lead cut to a point

Steve Hutchings. Picture: Neil Marshall
Steve Hutchings. Picture: Neil Marshall
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Miles Rutherford praised some of his youngsters after Moneyfields stormed to a 5-2 Wessex League premier division win over Whitchurch United at Dover Road.

Moneys came from behind twice, with teenagers Ryan Pennery and Curtis De Costa playing key roles.

‘Ryan Pennery came on, looked good on the ball and made things happen,’ said boss Rutherford.

‘We started Curtis De Costa at centre-half and he did well.

‘It took us a while to get into our stride but after the break we got the ball down and played at a quicker tempo.’

Goals from Alfie Rutherford and Pennery meant the two sides were level at 2-2 at the hour mark.

Late efforts by Steve Hutchings, Lewis Fennemore and Tyler Giddens saw the home side comfortably home.

The victory saw Moneys cut Petersfield Town’s lead to a single point after the Rams were held to a 0-0 draw by Fawley at the Waterside.

Relegation-battling Fareham Town suffered another 
setback with a 2-0 home defeat against Lymington Town.

Reds manager Matt Parr felt a little hard done by after having Josh Cripps harshly sent off in the second half.

‘The sending off was the turning point of the game,’ said the boss.

‘We felt our player was very unlucky to pick up his second booking.

‘When you are at the bottom end of the table things often go against you.

‘The other teams around us are also losing, though, and we are still confident we can pick up the points needed to stay up.’

Fourth-placed AFC Portchester maintained pressure on the top three with a 2-0 win over Newport at Wicor Rec.

Strikes in each half from Craig Hardy and Joe Bye earned the Royals three hard-earned points.

Goals from Gary Austin, Robbie Pittman, a penalty, and Matt Andrew helped Horndean cruise to a 3-0 win over Christchurch at Five Heads Park.

‘It was a comfortable win and we could have scored a few more,’ said Deans manager Dave Carter.

‘We were easily the better side and never felt we were under any real threat.’