Rams aim to build on more home comfort

Jordan Neal. Picture: Neil Marshall
Jordan Neal. Picture: Neil Marshall
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Petersfield Town chalked up a third successive home victory in nine days with a hard-fought 3-2 victory over Aylesbury at Love Lane.

And the Rams will look to keep their winning run going in today’s Southern League division one central trip to Godalming Town (3pm).

‘We have turned Love Lane into a bit of a fortress,’ said manager Ian Saunders.

‘The challenge is for the players to turn in some half-decent performances away from home.

‘It will be tough at Godalming because they are a good side but there is no pressure on us.’

Jordan Neal got the Rams off to a flying start with a goal in the opening minute – as he headed home a cross, which held up in the wind, from Joe Briggs.

In a frantic 10-minute spell immediately after Neal’s goal, the Rams had chances to increase their lead.

However, it was the play-off chasing visitors who levelled in the 23rd minute when a 20-yard shot flew past goalkeeper Anthony Ender.

The Rams grabbed the initiative back four minutes before the break, though, as Howard Neighbour converted a Neal cross.

Seven minutes into the second half the visitors levelled for the second time – with Edd Smith clipping a shot over Ender.

But it was the Rams, despite playing against the wind, who produced the winning goal on 74 minutes.

Briggs found Neighbour on the edge of the area and he fired in an unstoppable low shot.

‘It was another fantastic result for us,’ said Saunders.

‘The weather conditions were awful – with an unbelievably strong wind blowing straight down the pitch from the car park end.

‘We deserved our win because I felt we adapted better to the conditions.

‘It was never going to be a pretty game of football.

‘When Aylesbury got their first equaliser all the momentum was with them.

‘Our goal just before half-time was important because we knew we would be up against it in the second period.

‘Aylesbury got a second equaliser but after that we showed a lot of steel and desire.

‘The players knuckled down and showed they had a bit about them.

‘We defended well and in the latter stages probably had the better chances.’

Godalming sit in 11th place, just four points above the Rams.

Saunders added: ‘The aim now is to get as many points as possible on the board so we can finish as high as possible.’