• Michael Christou

Petersfield Town boss defends Low after sin bin misery


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Despite being the only Wessex Division One side left a revival in the last ten minutes overturned the Rams in a fiercely fought match.

The game started off slowly but was brought to life by a bizarre Harry Bedford goal. Placed just past the centre circle his direct free kick found its way in. Assisted by the wind swerved towards goal and bounced up and over the goalkeeper for an amazing opener in this tense affair.

A small lapse in communication on the edge of the area as goalkeeper and defender get muddled up as George Lloyd advanced. Lloyd went down, as he appeared to be tripped however, despite the furious coach’s the ref waved away the claims.

As the soggy pitch and mist settled Webb had the chance to double the lead. Holding the ball on the left wing as he cut inside and unleashed a shot heading for the top corner. The visitors keeper, Ross Grimshaw, stuck out a strong palm to deflect the ball past the post.

From the resulting corner Grimshaw was needed again. This time making a rather dramatic save down low to his right shutting the Rams out again.

The Rams dominated the opening ten minutes of the second half as their first chance fell to Jordan Neal. The big striker received a diagonal ball into the area as his touch set him up but his effort was well blocked.

Roman Glass made it difficult for Petersfield as the second half levelled out with both defences working hard to shut down their opponents.

The hosts won a deep free kick as Bedford yet again stood over the ball. With shouts to shoot from the fans, he did. His dipping free kick needed saving and was by the diving Grimshaw.

As the match went on the visitors looked more likely to get back into the game. With the nerves creeping in to the Rams things went south as Matt Low was sin binned with fourteen minutes to play.

Things went from bad to worse for Petersfield in the 80th minute, with the man advantage Roman Glass made them pay. A controversial goal that was well taken by Steve Fitzpatrick, he seemed to be in an offside position when the chip ball was played in to him but he chested and volleyed past Petts as the goal stood.

With their tails up they took the lead just five minutes later. As the Rams played high pushing for the winner a long ball undid our defense as Ryan Radford showed fantastic pace, gliding past our players and dispatched cool as you like underneath Petts.

A devastating end to an amazing cup run that seen them make club history however the Rams bow out with their heads held high and face a tough trip to Folland Sports on Saturday.

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