Petersfield Town progress in the Russell Cotes Cup
PETERSFIELD TOWN 3 - 2 ANDOVER TOWN
Petersfield exposed Andover Town’s shaky defence in a dominating first half to clench victory despite a spirited revival from the visitors.
Another early start for Rams saw Marvin Orepo take the lead with a clever goal. The ball dropped to Orepo who successfully chipped the ball over the keeper, effortlessly taped the ball into the back of the net past the defenders on the line.
Barely 10 minutes later Orepo gained possession of the ball, passes it smoothly to Harry Bedford on the edge of the box who displayed great technique with a low strike in the bottom right corner.
Andover’s Zac Hine attempted to show off his tricky feet around Petersfield’s defenders - with no success - Jake Bourton kept pressure on the attacker, forcing him to attempt a poor shot which sailed over the crossbar, resulting in a goal kick for the Rams.
Petersfield looked home and dry as they bagged a third 35 minutes in. An exquisite through ball from Cameron Smith, abusing the poor offside trap was met by a great touch from Bedford who advanced on goal. David Tasker came out but Bedford squared for Jordan neal to slot into an empty net.
The Rams had multiple opportunities to add to their lead. The leaky Robins defense meant Orepo and Bedford had an easy first half getting in behind multiple times but either missed or well saved.
The second half started relatively quietly with both sides having minor chances. First being Matt Petts parrying a Joshua Bertie effort and the Rams saw substitute, Josh Watts fire hard and wide.
Harry Bedford had the next chances for the hosts. With David Tasker favouring closing down his opponent, Bedford hit it early but into the keepers arms. On the second occasion he tried the chip but it was well held.
Andover got back into the game with ten to play. On the edge of the box Rueban Smith shifted the ball to his right foot and his composed strike went through Petts into the bottom corner.
Andover increased the tension as they clawed another goal back. Stevens gave away a cheap free kick on the 88th minute. Zak Hine curled in an inch perfect cross meet by a world class glancing header into the far corner.
Petrsfield held on for victory despite looking tired in the late stages of the half. However, the brilliant first half made up for the lackluster second half.