Second successive victory all but seals Petersfield's safety
Updated: May 1, 2019
PETERSFIELD TOWN 2 - 0 TOTTON & ELING
The Rams secured survival with a convincing win over bottom side Totton & Eling at Love Lane last Saturday.
Mark Summerhill’s selection would have been a lot easier with defender Jordan Geddes partnering Kris Stevens back in the heart of the defence and Matt Rowland in the first team.
The first good chance began with Gari Judd. Surrounded by players, he played a good ball along the area releasing the on-coming Olly Kershaw who smashed a shot narrowly wide.
Totton and Eling were poor in the first half with the manager showing signs of frustration as the team struggled to muster more than two passes together without losing possession . Their only good effort of the half came from a corner. Luke Shergold swung the ball in for Ash Shergold to head over from six yards.
Matt Rowland had another fantastic game for The Rams with multiple good chances. His first great chance came from his blistering pace beating Jones in goal, not for the first time. Taking the ball past the keeper, he fired a strong shot on goal only to be denied by a spectacular sliding block on the line by Daniel Head.
The home side took the lead in the 30th minute after Matt Rowland finally got his goal. A long ball up from captain, Kris Stevens lead to the striker beating the visitors keeper to the ball for a third time in the match. This time making no mistake and dispatching past two outstretched defenders on the line.
Totton and Eling started the second half a lot better causing issues in Petersfield’s defence. Their captain, Adam Kanu’Ah sent in a fizzing ball from the goal line. Jacob Orr got his palm to it but the ball fell to Luca Cordeddu whose shot was stopped by another spectacular block on the line despite shouts of handball from the visitors.
The Rams had a good chance to double their lead after the referee awarded a foul in a dangerous area. The free kick floated towards the back post to Gari Judd who nodded it back into the area for Harry Tremlett’s close range volley to go over by some distance.
The referee, Gary Hodgkinson took centre stage in the later stages of the game as both sets of teams and fans began gradually getting restless with his decisions. This led to several break ups in play meaning both sides found it difficult to gain momentum and get the decisive goal.
Totton and Eling bought on Jack Stuttard who bought extra life to their attack. Despite this The Rams capitalised on poor defending by Brad Stacey in the 89th minute. A long ball forward should have easily been dealt with by Stacey but his header was flicked on rather than cleared for Rowland to collect and take it one on one slotting it under the keeper giving his side a commanding lead.
I am confident Mark Summerhill will be delighted with his side as they secure Division One football for next season with a very good performance despite not making it easy. One negative from the game was star midfielder Will Essai who didn't look 100% fit leading to the manager bringing him off at halftime to prevent further injury.
Man of the Match
Petersfield Town - Matt Rowland