Quick two goals sends Petersfield Town out of the Portsmouth Senior Cup
PETERSFIELD TOWN 0 - 2 PAULSGROVE
Petersfield Town’s run of 14 games unbeaten was ended by a determined Paulsgrove last Tuesday in the Portsmouth Senior Cup through an explosive first five minutes by the visitors.
Mark Summerhill chose to make multiple changes to his squad giving appearances to reserve players and a debut for Charlie Merrit.
Paulsgrove took less than a minute to open the scoring with the Impressive Moulay Osman. He made the chance himself using his strength to hold off the Rams Defence before slotting past the unlucky Matt Petts.
The Rams were undone three minutes later as Osman stared again with his strength, he lay a inch perfect through ball to the striker and from out side the area his shot headed for the top right corner, clipping the underside of the bar on its way in.
With the home side stunned they mounted their comeback. The combination of great passing and face pace runs forced their keeper into a good stop.
Paulsgrove came to the Lane determined and made it hard for Petersfield as their only chances were long range speculative efforts. Best of the bunch from Harry Bedford forcing the keeper to into a difficult catch.
The hosts had another go in the second half. Early on a swerving Bedford free kick was flicked just wide at the far post.
Marvin Orepo was the stand out player on the night, covering most if not all the pitch. However, Paulsgrove kept him relatively quiet.
The visitors tried to increase their lead. A decent shot was heading for the bottom corner but was me by Petts with Routine save.
With their tails up it was Reece Lewis’s turn to strike a powerful effort into the gloves of Petts.
The defeat means one less cup to an already congested fixture list. However, Mark Summerhill will disappointed as he knows his side could have won.