• Michael Christou

Petersfield Town go through in League Cup with away win


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The Rams advanced in the Wessex league cup with two late goals from Jordan Neal under the lights at Amesbury.

A poor Amesbury side looking to rediscover their form almost took the lead in the early stages. A close range header was bundled off the line, despite the angry protests from the home side, referee Jade Wardle waved play on.

It took 12 minutes for the Rams to break down Amesbury. In the 13th minute Will Essai weaved between three defenders to slot in the overlapping Sean Burton, crossing to Will Webb at the back post to finnish off an excellent training ground move.

After a strong tackle on Will Webb, his retaliation should have earned him a red but the referee fortunately showed a yellow. Amesbury were next to be lucky as a high foot by the last man effectively kicked Marvin Orepo in the face but again was only shown a yellow.

The hosts looked a little more lively in the second half forcing Rams defender, Sean Burton into a poor challenge on the edge of the area. Jordon Mattews shot trickled through the defence with a deflection and into the side netting 55 minutes in.

Mark Summerhill brought on Jordan Neal for a fresh approach in the 65th minute. Neal controlled well on the edge of the area taking it left and narrowly missing out at the far post.

The Rams earned a free kick on the edge of the area. Harry Bedford stepped up and superbly curled his effort for the far corner. However, Jordan Tewkesbury dived and tipped the shot round the post.

Amesbury gave away a poor penalty late on in the game. 87 minutes in goalkeeper, Tewkesbury headbutted Jordan Neal after the pair tried to get the ball. Jade Wardle showed him a straight red. Neal stepped up and placed in the top corner.

Midfielder George Plank took over in goal for the hosts. The Rams wrapped up the points with Jordan Neal bagging his second. Plank slipped on a goal kick gifting the ball to Neal. he slotted the ball underneath the makeshift keeper making it three.

The Rams go through to the third round to face a trip to Hamble Club in Bournemouth. 

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