Determined Petersfield avoid having ‘one of those days’

Howard Neighbour scored for Petersfield. Picture: Neil Marshall
Howard Neighbour scored for Petersfield. Picture: Neil Marshall
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Petersfield Town showed great determination to come from behind and earn a 2-1 win at North Greenford United in the Evo-Stik Southern League central division.

The basement side grabbed an early lead but the Rams stuck to their task and won the game with second-half strikes from Ollie Bailey and Howard Neighbour.

In the end our perseverance and hard work paid off

Ian Saunders

Manager Ian Saunders was happy to see his team return to winning ways.

‘It was a must-win game for us in order to make sure we didn’t get dragged into an early season relegation scrap,’ said Saunders.

‘We have been close to turning teams over most weeks but not had a great deal of luck.

‘When they scored early and we had a stonewall penalty shout turned down I thought it was going to be another one of those days.

‘But all credit to the lads they rolled their sleeves up and knuckled down to what needed to be done.

‘It was an odd pitch. One half was dry as a bone and the other half a complete quaqmire.

‘In the end our perseverance and hard work paid off.’

The Rams fell behind after four minutes when they were caught out by a long ball over the top.

On 18 minutes Bailey clearly looked to have been brought down inside the penalty area.

But the referee allowed play to continue.

The home side lost their goalkeeper to injury before the break with their player-manager taking over between the posts.

The Rams dragged themselves level on 50 minutes with Bailey driving his shot underneath the stand-in goalkeeper.

The winning goal arrived in the 70th minute when the keeper felled Joe Briggs as he looked to take the ball past him.

Neighbour kept his composure to chip his spot-kick into the net.

The win was vital for Petersfield with some big matches coming up.

They need to keep their form going and give themselves a good platform going into the new year.

Saunders knows they have some momentum and wants them to build on it.

He added: ‘It was imperative that we won this game and all credit to the players who stuck to their task.

‘It is vital we take this into our Russell Cotes Cup game at Bashley and the league encounter against Leighton Town.’

The win keeps Petersfield in 15th position and 11 points above the relegation zone.