The Moneyfields men who have clocked up impressive personal milestones so far this season

Dave Carter has praised his long-serving Moneyfields men who have reached personal milestones this season.

Friday, 14th February 2020, 3:44 pm
Updated Friday, 14th February 2020, 4:09 pm
Jake Raine recently passed 300 Moneyfields matches. Picture: Keith Woodland

Striker Steve Hutchings celebrated his 300th game for the club against Mangotsfield on Tuesday - scoring the only goal of the Southern League Division 1 contest at Dover Road.

That came just three days after midfielder Jake Raine had brought up his triple century of Moneys appearances, which came shortly after Joe Briggs had reached 100 games.

And earlier in the season, left back Conor Bailey celebrated his 400th match for the club.

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Talisman Steve Hutchings has more than 300 Moneyfields games under his belt. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (200419-1)

Such longevity is rare at some non-league clubs, but it helps build the spirit for which Moneys are renowned for and has no doubt contributed to the club’s successes.

‘They’re all good lads to have around,’ said Carter.

‘We’re that sort of community club.

‘Conor’s come through the youth team and I was speaking to Jake after the game on Tuesday and he said he’s only 24 - he’s been in the first team since he was 19.

Joe Briggs has reached a century of Moneyfields matches. Picture: Duncan Shepherd

‘I guess Steve’s been here since he was 18 or 19 as well.

‘It’s good to have those sort of players in place who we can bring others in around them.’

Huchings, 29, first played for Moneyfields in the 2011/12 season - scoring 28 goals.

He had previously made one first team appearance for AFC Bournemouth - replacing current Stoke City striker Sam Vokes as a late sub in a League 1 win against Millwall in March 2008. Brett Pitman was another second-half sub that day for the Cherries.

Conor Bailey has racked up more than 400 Moneyfields games. Picture: Vernon Nash (180422-006)

In addition to the aforementioned Moneyfields long-servers, Tyler Giddings made his 226th Moneys appearance on Tuesday when he came on as a late sub while skipper Lewis Fennemore was making his 186th.

Fennemore had to go off early in the second half against Mangotsfield after failing to shake off a persistent back injury.

Introduced in his place was Ilyas Warshow, making only his second Southern League sub appearance after signing from Andover New Street.

He gave notice of his potential with some fine runs down the left side, with Miles Everett also impressing after being moved inside to the No 10 role once Warshow came on.

Carter only saw the latter for the first time last month when Warshow scored against Moneys in a Hampshire Senior Cup tie.

‘He contacted the club saying he thought he could play at a higher level - fair play to him,’ said the manager.

‘He’s a confident lad and he looked lively when he came on, he’s got pace.

‘Miles also did well in the second half - he’s got a great first touch, good feet - he just needs to have a bit more belief in himself.’

Baffins Milton midfielder Callum Glen has been signed on a dual registration, and was an unused sub in midweek.

‘The lad just wants to play games,’ said Carter. ‘We need to get bodies in - we’ve still got 15 league games left and some cup ties.

‘We also need to be looking at players for next season.’

Glen has subsequently signed for US Portsmouth, whom he left last summer to join Baffins. But with Moneys having many more midweek games left than USP, Glen could still feature in the Southern League.