• Michael Christou

Petersfield Town leave the island with hard-earned win


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Petersfield continue to move up the league with a hard fought victory on the Isle of Wight last Saturday.

The game started in dramatic fashion with referee, Harry Redman, brandishing his red card only three minutes in. Petersfield managed to get away through the middle, closing in on goal. Lewis Wright made a challenge making no contact with the ball and as the last man, leaving the referee no choice and sending him off.

The Rams capitalised with the extra man as Marvin Orepo bundled the ball in on the 18th minute. Ryan Kennedy latched onto a stunning lob through ball, leaving the easy task to find Orepo in the middle to tuck away.

Five minutes later newport celebrations were cut short due to the linesman. A great free kick by Connor Kelly was flicked on and tapped in at the back post. However, the flag was up after the flick on.

Off pitch antics stopped play for a few minutes late in the half but the Rams persevered, creating another great opportunity. A lucky ricochet fell to Ollie Kershaw, passing to Will Webb, he showed good movement to then bend one for the far corner. Unfortunately for the Rams Gary Streeter produced a wonderful save down to his left.

The second half saw early chances for both sides, most significantly a Harry Bedford effort. From the edge of the area his looping effort was parried behind by Streeter denying the Rams yet again.   

Ryan Kennedy put the game to bed on the 69th minute with a goal of the season contender. Alone on the outside the box, he caught it sweetly with the outside of his boot curling it into the side netting with an exquisite finnish matched by the celebration that followed.

In a game not short of chances Newport piled on the pressure. Two clear cut chances came and went for the hosts. Directly from a corner, a header from six yards out crashed against the crossbar as Petersfield scrambled the ball away.

The second chance fell to the feet of Charlie Urry. A great cross to the back post left the Rams vulnerable. Urry’s close range volly went significantly wide as Newport’s struggles continued.

As the game progressed into the late stages, Jake Bourton showed great vision picking out Michael Wright, he cut inside passing to substitute, Jordan Neal who had his thunderous effort tipped onto the bar and away.

After Saturday's result, Mark Summerhill and his team now go ten games unbeaten as they look to progress in the next round of the FA Vase next Saturday at Bournemouth Poppies. 

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