Resiliant Rams earn good point against high-flying Stoneham
PETERSFIELD TOWN 0 - 0 AFC STONEHAM
Fantastic defensive resilience earnt the Rams a well deserved point and stopped a high-flying Stoneham from winning the league at home last Saturday.
Rowland started the game strong racing on to a headed pass on the edge of the area, volleying into the keepers arms.
One of the clearest chances was for Rowland who showed great pace running on to a through ball, sprinting through the defense and shooting low and wide to the left of Matthew Frederick’s goal as the game stayed scoreless.
The first half was very even with Stoneham looking the most likely to score, passing the ball around quicker than the home side.
Stoneham almost made this advantage count with Chris Manning whipping in a ball from the right after a blocked corner, Alex Welch jumped and his header glanced narrowly wide.
The Rams looked rejuvenated after the break closing down the opposition, forcing the keeper into a few poor errors including his distribution.
With neither sides showing any weakness the game began to get feisty. The biggest tackle of the game involved Manning as his two footed challenge on Jordan Geddes got the ball but went through the player leaving Geddes on the floor. The referee produced just a yellow card and Geddes managed to play the rest of the game.
As time got on in the second half both sides struggled to break each other down, resorting to long balls for their quick attackers, hoping they can force a chance for their team.
As Stoneham’s league hopes started to fade they went all out attack. In the 80th minute, the substitute Jack Brady beat Orepo on the wing and fizzed the ball along the six yard box with Hall palming it out. A winger chipped the ball into Marcel Laptas, he took it on the chest and volleyed in but the linesman flag went straight up.
The visitors created another good chance. Caballero put a strong low corner into the area met by Matt Palmer’s right foot shot that was well held down low by the goalkeeper.
In the dying minutes of the game it started to feel like a smash and grab with end to end football.
Petersfield had arguably the best chance to win in the last minute of added time. Influential youngsters Bailey Newbury and Marvin Orepo linked up well on the counter. Newbury picked up the ball and muscled of two defenders and slotted a pass to an unmarked Orepo, unfortunately his shot went high and wide from close range.
Despite the late miss Mark Summerhill will be exceptionally proud as they held a rampant Stoneham to a deserved point and stopped them winning the league as an added bonus for his side.
Man of the match - Nick Hall (Petersfield)