• Michael Christou

Petersfield bring curtain down on their season with home loss


My Petersfield Post and Club Website match report link.

The Rams suffered a loss on the final day of the season despite a good performance against high flying Romsey, at a sunny Love Lane last Saturday.

An early chance fell to Bailey Newbury on his first start for the first team. The youngster had a strong start to the game causing the opposition problems. His strong volley went into the keepers arms after Webb’s through ball.

Romsey entered the game with a good passing move on the 26th minute that was ruled offside. Keiran Hancock received a through ball, getting in behind the defence and squaring it to his team mate who smashed it home. The linesman raised his flag straight away and the game remained scoreless.

The visitors took the lead in the 33rd minute courtesy of Liam Magee. The ball went down the line and Oliver Jenkins cut it back into the area to Magee whose shot squirmed underneath Nick Hall finishing a slick move as Magee went off to celebrate.

The away side almost doubled there lead just before halftime. Craig Bryant rose highest from the corner, forcing Hall to fly across his goal making a great save in the top left corner.

Summerhill bought on Orepo for the second half, the decision paid dividends as he had an instant impact. He added his energy to the game and used it on the wing beating a player, slotting Kershaw through on the wing sending a powerful cross along the face of goal met by Newbury, whose powerful shot was well saved.

The Rams added more pressure early in the second half. A short corner to the edge of the area was given away and a long punt forward fell to Zac Mouland, who seemed to beat the offside flag and raced through. Mouland rounded Hall and scored the away sides second despite Covey racing back on the line.

Despite going two goals down the hosts persevered. They pulled a goal back on the hour, Webb displayed good strength in midfield and sent a long ball out wide. Newbury beat the defender, cutting in from the right and squaring it to Judd who placed it in the bottom corner.

Petersfield conceded the final goal of the game in the 65th minute. The visitors restored their two goal advantage with an almost identical move to the previous goal. In very hot conditions Mouland showed great stamina to go past Bourton and placing it in the bottom right corner.

The home side should have been awarded a penalty in the dying stages. Newbury was through again and the defender recovered but he seemed to shove him over but the referee somehow did not give the penalty.

An unlucky final result means the Rams don’t get the end of season they desired. However, Mark Summerhill will be happy with his team efforts as his side did well to combat the potent heat. The squad have earned a well earned rest and will no doubt to come back strong for next season.

Man of the match - Bailey Newbury (Petersfield)

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