Tom Cain, right, keeps a close eye on Blu Boam. Photo: Martyn White

On an uninterrupted night of rain in Dover Road, Moneys survived moments of anxiety only to eventually miss out on comfortable 4-1 winners against an American team who have now scored 31 goals in their last eight league and league games. chopped off.

Hutchings took his career goal tally to 239 with a pair of heads as his team edged past the United States in the top ten.

So three points for home boss Glenn Turnbull and nine of his players who traded from the United States to the Moneys this summer. But the score didn’t tell the whole story of an end-to-end encounter that provided good entertainment for those brave enough to witness a really dirty night in terms of the weather.

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James Franklyn, right, and Cam Quirke. Photo: Martyn White

After Dec Seiden gave Moneys a lead in the 14th minute, Brodie Spencer equalized in added time in the first half. And this allowed visitors to rightly enter the gap in terms of level.

The very first league meeting between the two clubs on the island of Portsea took place two key moments after the break.

First, Spencer had a great chance in the 51st minute to put the United States ahead. Set up by Blu Boam, he only had goalkeeper Tom Price to beat but unleashed a point-blank left-footed effort against the underside of the bar.

It was a huge drop for Moneys, and a slice of luck got them back in the lead 12 minutes later.

Blu Boam and Tom Cain stand up for a head. Photo: Martyn White

Right winger Chad Cornwell’s cross shot was a long way off the far post, but Frankie Paige, in just his second start of the season, slipped away from rookie goaltender Owen Craig.

Former Moneys player Craig has played for Locks Heath in the Hampshire Premier League this season and is the fourth goalkeeper the United States have used in the league and cup this quarter.

From that point on, there would only be one winner. The USP had run out of steam in the recent derby losses to Baffins (0-3) and Fareham (1-6) and Moneys certainly looked fitter here too.

After 73 minutes, substitute Matt McGlinchey delivered an inviting cross which Hutchings guided past Craig – “the King of Dover Road,” which made things seem a lot easier than they were. were.

This Steve Hutchings shot was deflected for a corner. Photo: Martyn White

Ten minutes later, another cross from the right flank – this time from James Franklyn – saw Hutchings move powerfully towards Craig and into the lower corner.

It was his fourth brace since returning from an ankle injury, after two league goals in Christchurch and a brace in Vase’s victories over Totton & Eling and Portchester.

Turnbull had made two changes from the starting XI who knocked out AFC Portchester from FA Vase this weekend. Seiden came to replace Bradey Norton with Jordan Pile replacing McGlinchey.

Hutchings, Rob Evans and Cornwell were the only members of the starting XI who didn’t play for the USP last season. Four members of the away starting XI – Tom Jeffes, Paige, John Cass and Cam Quirke – had played under Turnbull last season.

US Portsmouth celebrates their equalizer. Photo: Martyn White

The gains were quick out of the blocks, with Hutchings’ shot being knocked back by Craig for a corner kick from the first minute.

Boam and Franklyn had seen blocked shots as Moneys took the lead, with Hutchings using his head to set Seiden up for a low shot that Craig would have been disappointed not to avoid. It was the forward’s first goal since Matchday 1 win over Cowes in early August.

The USP could have been level five minutes later. Joe Johnson beat Birmingham for pace on the right and crossed low for Spencer, who should have hit the target but scuffed his effort instead.

Craig jumped to his right to fend off a free kick from Tom Cain before the USP was forced to change, Quirke came out injured in the 36th minute to be replaced by Obi Saidy.

Seiden had a great chance to double the lead, but with only Craig to beat a shot from the edge of the box.

It wasn’t more than what the visitors deserved when Spencer equalized with practically the last kick of the half-time, with Price getting a hold of his shot but unable to hold it back.

The second half started with Franklyn seeing one shot blocked, then another cleared off the line after Hutchings’ effort was blocked.

It has now been nine games since Franklyn scored, the longest scoring drought in his time under Turnbull management.

After scoring four times in his first three games, he just can’t seem to buy one anymore.

Upcoming league games against rock bottom Hythe & Dibden and the humble Bournemouth Poppies present a good chance of getting back on the goal track.

The USP also has Poppies and Hythe to play in their next three league games, either side of a home clash with top-flight Horndean next Tuesday.

Money fields: Price, Cornwell, Turnbull (Hazell, 72), Evans, Birmingham, Cain, Pile, Glen (McGlinchey, 60), Seiden (Norton, 72), Hutchings, Franklyn.

USP: Craig, Paige (Riches, 72), Scammell, Jeffes, Saunders, Cass, Johnson, Quirke (Saidy, 36), Boam, Smart, Spencer (Ndlovu, 63).

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