Former AFC Portchester defender Adam Cripps, right, started the last two games for Moneyfields. Photo: Chris Moorhouse

Having already lost 2-0 at home to surprise Brockenhurst, Moneys travel to New Forest in a bid to avoid what would be a fourth loss in five league games.

There they will find former AFC striker Totton Silvano Obeng eager to add to the 15 goals he has already scored in just 10 appearances in 2021/22.

That put him two goals ahead of Kieran Roberts of Portchester in the race for the Wessex Golden Shoe.

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Obeng picked up hat-tricks in league wins over Christchurch and Hythe & Dibden and, more impressively, scored twice in a 2-1 win over AFC Portchester.

He added two more goals in Tuesday’s 3-0 win over previously undefeated Shaftesbury, which gave Brock a five-point lead.

Obeng has retained his form since the Extra Cup competition hosted by the FA Hampshire after the lockdown. There he scored twice in a semi-final victory over Bemerton before securing a first-half hat-trick in a 4-2 final victory over Ringwood.

After sounding the changes for the midweek Wessex Cup victory at Blackfield, Moneys replacement boss Fraser Quirke will return to a more familiar squad.

Skipper Steve Hutchings, Tom Price, Callum Glen and Harry Birmingham will likely be available again, while Jordan Pile and Josh Bailey – who got injured at Blackfield – are also expected to be in good shape.

Forward Dec Seiden, however, could sit on the sidelines.

For his part, the former Gosport forward Quirke is delighted to be back in the top flight of Wessex.

“It’s an exciting league to be a part of this season,” he said.

“The top eight or nine will withdraw from points, I don’t think it will be as clear as some thought.

“Brock is really well organized, they have a wise manager (Pat McManus) who made them play the way he wants.

“I was shocked that they beat Shaftesbury – it was a case of ‘wow! “.”

Former Portchester player Adam Cripps, a recent signing, started the last two games for Moneys on the left side of the three-man center defensive unit favored by boss Glenn Turnbull.

If he continues to impress, he could face the Royals in FA Vase’s titanic second qualifying round next Saturday at Dover Road.

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