Moneyfields Assistant Coach Fraser Quirke

For the current 22nd league and cup game, Moneys failed to keep a clean sheet. And for the fifth time in their last six Wessex League Premier matches, Moneys have conceded three times.

“It was a tough day and an unsatisfying day,” said assistant boss Fraser Quirke, taking charge of the day as manager Glenn Turnbull served the second of a three-game stadium ban.

“We haven’t raised our game enough to deliver the seven out of 10 performances you need from every player.

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“They were mostly fives and sixes with just a few sevens, and you’re not going to win a lot of football games with those numbers.

“We need more players playing closer to their level.”

Joe Briggs hit a brace as Moneys hit back twice for a point, after falling 2-1 and 3-2 late, and Quirke added: “I don’t think there’s a lack of spirit combative.

‘Application, team spirit, it’s all there. It’s just that the individual quality that we need more needs to be more consistent.

“We upped our game last Tuesday when we played Brockenhurst (1-0 loss in the semi-final of the Russell Cotes Cup). But against Fareham, another mid-table team, at home in bright sunshine, we did not raise our level of play.

“We can welcome a late equaliser, but the truth is that we should raise our game enough to beat the other mid-table teams at home.

“We lost a few at home and also had some bad draws – Portland comes to mind.”

Since the start of the year, Moneys have made eight home league appearances and only won one – against Christchurch (5-1).

They lost to Baffins (3-2 after leading 2-0), Hythe, Hamble and Bournemouth and drew with Horndean, Portland and now Fareham.

Of those eight games, only two – Horndean and Baffins – have featured top 10 clubs.

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Moneys’ last clean sheet was against Alton on November 6, and Quirke remarked, “It’s a worry, a concern, and we’re aware of that.”

“We don’t want to put pressure by saying ‘you have to keep a clean sheet’ because then the players forget other things.”

“It’s hugely frustrating – you dive into the stats and there aren’t a lot of zeros and runs we concede, it’s two and threes.”

Funds have now netted 55 league goals in 30 appearances – the most of any club in the top nine. In stark contrast, leaders Hamworthy have conceded just 18 in the same number of games.

The Hammers have conceded just three goals in 14 league home games, the same amount Moneys have conceded in each of their last three Wessex home games.

One bright spot for Moneys, however, was the return of the 23-goal top scorer in the second half against Fareham.

Hutchings had been sidelined since injuring his knee against Horndean on January 18. Since then, he had missed eight league matches (three wins, one draw, four losses).

The talisman could now be in contention to start against top-flight Bashley at Dover Road on Tuesday.

The New Forest club are currently on an eight-game winning streak in the league, the latest being a 3-0 success at Portland.