Moir: Semi-final win was for everyone involved at the club

Billy Connor in action for Petersfield Town.  Picture: Malcolm Wells
Billy Connor in action for Petersfield Town. Picture: Malcolm Wells
Billy Connor. Picture: Malcolm Wells

Petersfield desperate for change of fortune

Billy Connor in action for Petersfield Town  Picture: Malcolm Wells

Petersfield produce a shock win in last four of Portsmouth Senior Cup

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PETERSFIELD TOWN chairman Graeme Moir was left delighted with his side’s midweek victory in the Portsmouth Senior Cup against Moneyfields.

And he insisted the win ‘was for everyone involved at the club’.

We don’t deserve a Fratton final just because we have had a bad season but that result is one I would dedicate to everyone at the club.

Graeme Moir

The Rams ended a baron spell of form as they came from behind to beat the Wessex premier leaders 4-1 at Love Lane on Tuesday night.

Despite trailing at the break, a second-half double from Ryan Woodford and goals from Adam Cripps and Max Smith earned Petersfield their first win since November.

After John Robson’s men booked their place in the Fratton Park final against the Hawks, Moir was keen to praise not just the players and football management but everyone at the club.

‘I don’t think anyone saw that result coming,’ said Moir.

‘Most people thought we would take a bit of a pasting off Moneyfields but we could easily have scored six or seven on the night.

‘The players were excellent and they really rallied after half-time.

‘The finishing in front of goal was deadly.

‘That was what made all the difference for us on the night.

‘We don’t deserve a Fratton final just because we have had a bad season, but the result is one I would dedicate to everyone at the club.

‘The players and John Robson and Matt Collins who have stuck at it despite a dismal run of results since the new year, our volunteers and committee who keep doing their jobs whatever happens at the club.

‘And our supporters who have kept coming to matches, even when there hasn’t been much to cheer all season.

‘The night out at Fratton Park will be one for everyone connected to Petersfield to savour and it is a fitting reward for the hard work everyone has put in this campaign.

‘I am so chuffed for everyone at the club.’

Petersfield travel to Barton Rovers in Southern League division one central on Saturday (3pm) having already been relegated.

But getting as many points on the board as possible could prove vital for the Rams if the Football Association look to hand a reprieve to any of the relegated clubs at step four level.

Moir added: ‘A reprieve from relegation is unlikely but the FA may look more favourably on our situation if we can accumulate a decent return of points.

‘After Tuesday’s result I hope it will give everyone the boost they need to transform our cup form into the league.’