Wessex duo ‘could have done better’

Graham Lindsey's was Fareham's main goal-getter
Graham Lindsey's was Fareham's main goal-getter
Ollie Pearce scored for Bognor in their match today. Picture: Tommy McMillan

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Moneyfields manager Miles Rutherford ended the season relatively happy with his team, whose seventh-placed finish in the Wessex League premier division made them the top local side in that league.

The Copnor club suffered from spells of inconsistency at times and that prevented them from breaking into the top six.

‘Although I am pleased to finish the highest of the local sides, I am still a little bit disappointed that we didn’t do a bit better,’ said Rutherford.

‘When we started the season I felt the squad was good enough to be a top-five side but some of the players’ commitment was not what it should have been.

‘The pleasing feature was the youngsters who started to come through in the later stages of the season.

‘They showed the potential to become good enough to play at this level.

‘If we can keep the bulk of our squad and add a couple of new faces then we should be okay for next season.

‘We do well to compete with some of the bigger-budget teams with the limited resources we have.’

Matt Parr admitted his Fareham Town side lacked the necessary bit of quality to turn them into a top-six club as they finished in eighth place.

‘I couldn’t fault the work-rate and spirit in the side but we just lacked a little bit of quality in one or two areas,’ said Parr. ‘Once again, we were indebted to the goals of Graham Lindsey, who notched 39 in all and 32 in the league.

‘In the last few weeks we blooded a few youngsters and the future looks promising.

‘Over the summer I shall be busy trying to attract a few players who could do a job for us to the club but it won’t be easy on a limited budget.’

Hayling United still don’t know which division they will be playing in next season after hauling themselves off the bottom on the final day of the season.

Lee Paul’s brave battlers leapfrogged Brockenhurst with a battling 4-2 win over Lymington Town but have to wait to learn their fate.

If the Wessex League end up relegating just one club instead of two, because of what happens above in the non-league pyramid, then the Humbugs could find themselves reprieved from the drop.

Whatever happens, Paul is immensely proud of the way his players battled to the end.

‘If I’d had this squad of players from the start of the season we wouldn’t be in this position,’ said Paul.

Horndean will be moving up into the premier division next season after finishing runners-up to Downton in division one.

‘It has been a fantastic season,’ said Horndean boss Dave Carter. ‘I feel our squad is more than good enough to hold our own in the top level.’