• Michael Christou

Rams show their character to earn point with late equaliser

Updated: Apr 5, 2019


My Petersfield Post and Club Website match report link.

The Rams showed great character to come from behind to gain a 92nd minute equaliser to rescue a point in a two all draw in the Isle Of Wight last Saturday. The visitors got out of the traps quickly taking the lead after just 90 seconds. Matt Rowland beat Zack Harris to the ball, displaying great strength he kept the ball and ran dangerously into the area drawing the keeper out. Rowland squared it to Luca Williams to smash the Rams into an early lead. With a commanding start it was Geddes’ turn to try and double their lead. Unfortunately, his shot deflected off the post and back into play after a small scramble in the area. East Cowes tried to get back into the game by capitalizing on a missed clearance by Geddes. Collecting the ball on the right side of the area the striker curled a shot destined for the bottom left corner only to be denied by a brilliant save by Jacob Orr. Jacob Butcher fired another shot from the rebound stopped again by the gloves of Orr. The final chance of the half for Petersfield started when Luca Williams won the ball on the the left wing looking up and sending in a low cross which took a small touch by Gari Judd sending it just wide.

The hosts scored an unexpected equaliser in the late stages of the first half. East Cowes won a free kick on the half way line with Eli Ahmed standing over the ball. He drove in a deep ball with the Rams goalkeeper coming out to punch the ball, he missed colliding with his own defender and the ball bounced into the empty net. Kershaw started the second half well, winning the ball on the wing, beating two players then teeing up Matt Rowland whose shot was blocked well by Karl Steinbourne-Busse for a corner. East Cowes began a period of good pressure in the second half. Joe Butcher proved too dangerous again, keeping the ball in the middle, sending a great cross to the back post where Eli Ahmed’s header was denied by a flying save by Orr to make up for his error in the first half. Unfortunately Orr couldn’t do anything about their second. A deep corner was thrust to the back post, Brandon Hayward’s header went into the ground with the bounce looping over the goalkeeper and unexpectedly in the goal with the attempted on line clearance arriving too late. Mark Summerhill introduced youngsters Will Webb and Bailey Newbury in search of a point. Webb made an instant impact for the Rams terrorising Zack Harris in defence leading to numerous free kicks in dangerous places.

One free kick on the right was taken quickly by Webb, playing a through ball to the unmarked Rowland on the right side. Fizzing a cross as the defenders scrambled to get the ball clear ending in Tremlett’s long range effort going over. With four minutes of added time, Petersfield won another free kick in the centre of the opposing half. Kershaw floated a ball into the area with tall midfielder Newbury nodding it back across goal for Rowland to get the final touch flicking it into the net sending staff and fans into celebration. The manager will be happy to get a point although deep down he thought they should have had all three. With good substitutes and team morale at an all time high the situation looks promising for next season.

Man of the match:

Petersfield Town - Jacob Orr

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