• Michael Christou

Petersfield move a step closer to survival with a hard-earned draw

Updated: Mar 29, 2019


My Petersfield Post and Club website match report link.

The Rams maintained their eight point gap over New Milton Town and the relegation zone with a goalless draw at a blustery Fawcetts Field last Saturday.

The early stages saw Harry Tremlett roll the ball across the area for Luca Williams whose close range effort went straight into their keepers arms.

The first half saw both teams evenly matched with the Rams looking dangerous on the attack and New Milton trying to build from the back.

With Petersfield’s pressure earning them a couple of dangerous corners, one of which was from Richard Way who found Harry Tremlett in the area with a glancing header, that should have gone in but went wide.

New Milton’s better chances in the first half came from their dangerous winger, Ben Cooper, finding his way through the defenders and from the edge of the area sliced his effort wide.

Luca Williams missed another good opportunity due to a great block in the area by the New Milton defence to deflect the ball over for a corner.

Both teams best attempts from the half came in the later stages. The Rams best attempt was Olly Kershaw receiving a through ball but under pressure and off balance his shot was poor resulting in Mayo pushing it wide.

Claudio Carvalho had the home side’s best opportunity after beating a couple of defenders on the right side of the area and forcing a good block from Jacob Orr from a tight angle.

The second half started off quietly with the biggest moment being New Milton’s defender, Patrick Wilson going off injured. This was bad news for the hosts as he was having a very good game at the back.

Petersfield should have broken the deadlock when Richard Way swung in a free kick. Webb, a second half substitute, had his shot cleared then the ball ricocheted a few times until defenders scrambled the ball clear.

Olly Kershaw continued the attacking threat by floating a cross on the break. Webb put his header over despite doing well to beat the defender to the cross.

The substitute had another opportunity to take the lead, running into the area from the right but never pulled the trigger leaving fellow substitute Marvin Orepo to try and score. Unfortunately, defenders swarmed him before a shot was released making the supporters restless.

New Milton’s final opportunity in the game came from their attacking winger Jake Broad who showed great strength and skill to beat three defenders on the dribble before his shot was blocked for a corner.

The golden chance to win the game came from the Rams. a defensive mistake from the home side lead Kershaw through with a defender in front of him. With Orepo to his left and through one on one, Kershaw’s pass was too heavy leaving the keeper to quickly and easily collect the ball and ensure the sides earned a point each.

Overall a solid defensive performance by the Rams who stay fifteenth and go up to 32 points for the season. Mark Summerhill will be happy with his side as survival looks close with a home game against Fawley AFC next Saturday.

Man of the match.

Petersfield Town - Mike Prew

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