• Michael Christou

Petersfield fall to derby-day defeat at Alton


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Ten men Petersfield were handed their first defeat of the season by local rivals Alton Town In a feisty encounter on and off the pitch.

Despite the delayed kick off Alton started the better side, looking to run at the Rams. with Alton used to their slightly worn Astro turf they looked very dangerous.

Gradually Petersfield grew into the game, Cameron Smith doing well with the ball pushing the team up, laying it to Harry Bedford whose shot crashed against the post from range.

The first half was a great contest and Alton almost took the lead through a Scott Sanderson header via a good free kick. Martin Gardiner parried up high before catching the header.

Most of Petersfields better moments went through an exceptional Will Essai. They took a 29th minute lead as Essai bagged the assist. His great dribble and blocked cross fell to Harry Tremlett who struck a beautiful volly from roughly 25 yards out that few into the top right corner.

Alton hit back from an almost identical position in the 56th minute. A long range effort from Scott Sanderson looped over Gardiner for the top left corner queuing the home fans applause.

Both sides began to play rougher as time went on. Most noticeably the Rams as they gave away numerous free kicks in a very poor second half performance.

Alton midfielder Oli Graham was next to test the Rams with a stinging shot and dangerous header were both well held by Gardiner.

The hosts took the lead with substitute Regan Hitch on the 69th minute. Alton player George Bowerman received a good pass on the edge of the area, laying it off to Regan Hitch slotting home in the bottom corner.

Petersfield never looked like getting back into the game and again were under pressure after a cross, nobody reacted apart from Bowerman who headed onto the crossbar and over.

Jordan Neal almost rescued a point chasing a hopeful punt. Doing well by muscling of the defender on the edge of the area tried to chip the keeper but got too much on the ball and shot over.

It went from bad to worse as goalscorer Harry Tremlett was sent off for two second half yellows. The first for a mistimed challenge and the second challenge was off balance brought out the red card.

The Rams were disappointed in their performance and will no doubt strive to bounce back to winning ways on Saturday against Andover New Street.

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