Tambling lights up Rams’ title bid... Horndean humiliated

Robbie Tambling, right.    Picture: Innes Marlow
Robbie Tambling, right. Picture: Innes Marlow
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Robbie Tambling ensured the lights didn’t go out on Petersfield Town’s Wessex League premier division title bid as the Rams opened up a four-point gap at the summit with a 1-0 win over Bemerton Heath Harlequins.

The striker, who enjoyed something of a battle with opposing goalkeeper Max Frampton, struck the all-important goal just past the hour mark in a delayed contest at Love Lane.

The game kicked off 25 minutes later than scheduled as Petersfield experienced teething problems with their new floodlight system.

Thankfully, technicians moved swiftly to address the temporary issue and illuminate Love Lane.

Sadly, though, the first half could not follow suit – at least on the goal front.

The hosts should have been well in front by half-time after creating a hatful of chances – the best of which fell to Tambling.

His close-range header was expertly saved by keeper Frampton, before the frustrated frontman then saw another effort ripple the side netting.

Tension around the ground continued to mount as time ticked by with the Rams searching for a goal to net them the vital three points.

It finally came on 65 minutes, when a quick one-two down the right saw Tambling drive into the box.

His first shot was parried by Frampton, but the Rams marksman was first to the loose ball and fired home the rebound from six-yards out.

And with the visitors unable to mount any serious threat on the Petersfield goal, Ian Saunders’ side saw out the contest with relative ease.

The same, however, cannot be said for Horndean who suffered a shock 5-0 mauling at the hands of Wessex League premier division basement side Totton & Eling.

Disappointed Deans boss Dave Carter admitted the hosts wanted it more than his mid-table side.

‘Totton & Eling are fighting for their lives and it showed,’ said Carter.

‘We helped them by making a few silly individual errors and they punished us for them.

‘The game was over by half-time when we were 4-0 down.’