Dire Rams defeated at Godalming

Howard Neighbour. Picture: Neil Marshall
Howard Neighbour. Picture: Neil Marshall
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Petersfield Town suffered a 4-1 defeat at Godalming in Southern League division one central last night.

The Rams were well beaten after putting in a woeful performance in their final away game of the season.

Howard Neighbour’s second-half consolation was all they had to show from the game.

Petersfield had looked the brighter side n the opening exchanges.

And on 15 minutes they went close to taking the lead when Harry Giles played the ball forward to Neighbour and his cross to the far post found Joe Briggs.

But as the winger slid in to meet the ball, he put it over the top.

Godalming got their first goal on 28 minutes when they won a free-kick on the right edge of the box.

Iven Kumanda fired it across the goal and it was missed by everyone before nestling in the far corner.

The home side almost doubled their lead when WIll Hutton burst forward and – with Rams keeper Josh Young stranded off his line – chipped the ball towards goal only for it to miss the target.

On the stroke of half-time, Petersfield went close again when a cross from the left found Briggs but he was unable to keep his header down.

On 53 minutes, Neighbour got the ball on the left-hand side of the penalty area and tried his luck with a low shot which keeper Richard Ossai tipped around the post.

Godalming then got their second on the hour mark.

A free-kick from the left was floated in to the near post and Graeme Purdy’s flicked header flew in.

It was 3-0 five minutes later when a corner from the right found Jake Kempton unmarked at the far post and he headed easily into the net.

Petersfield finally got themselves on the scorehseet on 71 minutes when the ball was worked up the middle to find Neighbour in the penalty area.

And he slotted a low shot across the keeper and in.

But the respite was short-lived for the Rams as they conceded again two minutes later.

Another free-kick from the left found Kempton unmarked again and he had the simplest of tasks to flick his header into the net from close range.

Elsewhere, Dan Hayes netted an 88th-minute leveller as Horndean drew 1-1 with visitors Cowes Sports in the Wessex League premier division.

AFC Portchester beat neighbours Fareham Town 2-1 at Cams Alders, while Moneyfields held champions Salisbury to a 2-2 draw.