Harry Bedford (right, pictured for US Portsmouth in December 2019) returned to competitive Saturday football for the first time since before the pandemic hit Photo: Duncan Shepherd

*Jack Chandler, Mackenzie Toms and Tyler Moret were all making their first competitive starts for the reserves this season.

* Former Worthing midfielder Taylor Keens was introduced as a second-half substitute – his first HPL outing for the club.

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*Finally, midfielder Harry Bedford came off the bench for his first competitive minutes since before the pandemic hit.

Bedford was returning to action on a Saturday for the first time since suffering an ACL injury during a United States training session in Portsmouth at the Dover Road back ground in July 2020.

It was the first training session the United States had since lifting Covid restrictions, allowing grassroots sport to return.

Moret netted a hat-trick in his first HPL appearance, while Mig Dark netted three times against Liss for the second time in 2021/22.

Toby Toman – who scored four times in the 9-1 away win over Liss – and Kieran Dowell were also on target as Moneys remained ahead of Denmead on goal difference at the top of the table.

“Comfortable was an understatement,” said Moneys boss Lee Mould. “Another day it could have been double that.”

Toms joined the club from Aldershot academy to gain experience in men’s football, while Keens – formerly on Brighton & Hove Albion’s books – took on a new challenge after a time out.

Chandler left US Portsmouth to join Moneys before Christmas and had made his reserve debut in a 5-0 friendly loss to first-team Hythe & Dibden the previous week.

As for Bedford, Mold expects him to stay on the HPL squad for the rest of the season to rack up his minutes.

Denmead remain level on points with Moneyfields, with both sides having nine games left of their maiden HPL Senior campaign.

Top scorers Kieran Hammond (2) and Ryan Chandler handed Denmead a 3-0 win at home to Liphook, extending their league unbeaten run to 19 matches.

Hammond now has 17 goals for the season – four more than second-leading scorer Chandler.

Denmead are one of three clubs that have applied for promotion to Division 1 of the Wessex League, along with Fleetlands and Stockbridge.

Moneyfields are not eligible for promotion as the club’s first team is currently in the Wessex League Premier.