Petersfield Town move step closer to survival with vital three points
Updated: Mar 29, 2019
PETERSFIELD TOWN 3 - 1 FAWLEY AFC
The Rams gained all three points with a great example of stylish football against Fawley in difficult windy conditions at Love Lane last Saturday.
The Rams were optimistic of all three points with key players Will Essai, back from injury, and Matty Rowland who is back from a suspension in the starting line up.
The first chance came from the visitors as the captain Mark Lillies tussled with a couple of midfielders in the Ram’s half to then fire a shot just over the centre of the crossbar.
As soon as the players had become accustomed to the blustery conditions, the first goal arrived. Gari Judd showed his quality in the 18th minute, picking the ball up outside the area. He went one on one with the Fawley keeper Tom Rafferty on the left side of the area stroking the ball off the left post and into the net.
An opportunity for a second came soon after. One of Kris Steven’s many accurate long balls bounced in front of Matty Rowland in the area who seemed to be clattered by Tom Rafferty in goal. However, referee Calum McFarlane was not convinced and waved away penalty appeals.
Harry Tremlett had a free kick in a dangerous area tipped over the bar as Petersfield Town continued to try and break the deadlock.
A moment of inspirational play came from the Ram’s attackers, when Michael Wright chipped the ball over the stationary defenders for the forward to hook it back into the path of Wright, who connected nicely but the ball went narrowly wide.
Despite the Rams playing against the wind for the second half, they scored a second goal. A sensational backheel flick by Gari Judd guided it over the defence and towards the sprinting Matty Rowland. He ran into the area and shifted to the right but was then poleaxed by the keeper to win the penalty. Will Essai converted the penalty in the 61st minute straight into the left corner on his return to the squad.
Petersfield extended their lead with Matty Rowland - the dangerous striker caused more problems, picking up the ball and frustrating defenders on the right of the area. He managed to get a shot away with Rafferty not reacting quick enough, flapping in goal as the ball found the top right corner and sent the Rams into a commanding lead .
Rams keeper, Jacob Orr picked up a small injury which seemed to affect his distribution. Combined with the windy conditions, lead to trouble for his defence which kept them busy.
Poor conditions made it hard for Fawley as numerous efforts in dangerous positions were ballooned high and wide, causing frustration for their manager.
In the 83rd minute, Fawley snached a goal back. The ball was lobbed high into a blustery area as Orr came out to claim it, but collided with Jake Bourton leaving the visitors captain, Mark Lillies to fire into the roof of the net and make it three one.
The visitors had the final opportunity with a chance to reduce the deficit. The Fawley striker received the ball on the edge of the six yard box, controlling it well and firing a shot into the sliding defender making a fantastic block.
Mark Summerhill will be happy to return to winning ways as the Rams climb to 14th in the league on 35 points. The three points takes Petersfield closer to safety with three games remaining.
Man of the match
Petersfield Town - Gari Judd