‘Kick in the teeth’ for Rams

Anthony Ender. Picture: Neil Marshall
Anthony Ender. Picture: Neil Marshall
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Ian Saunders regarded Petersfield Town’s defeat to AFC Rushden & Diamonds as a heartbreaker.

The Rams conceded in the 87-minute against their Southern League division one central title-chasing visitors.

‘It was heartbreaking because we more than deserved to get something,’ said the Love Lane boss.

‘In difficult conditions both teams contributed to an excellent game of football.

‘It was just a shame Rushden snatched the win in the end.

‘I have no doubts they will win the division and we have pushed them all the way in both games against them.

‘Both goalkeepers pulled off excellent saves in a game fought out on a heavy pitch and in a swirling wind.

‘I’m pleased we continued to try to play the football we are known for, despite the conditions.’

In the first half, Rams goalkeeper Anthony Ender had to be at his best to keep out a number of efforts on his goal.

There were few chances in the second half until the visitors struck at the death.

A free-kick was half-cleared before Claudiu Hoban smashed a first-time shot through a crowded area and into the net.

Saunders said: ‘We were gutted. The further the game went on the more we thought we could snatch the win.

‘Their goal came as a real kick in the teeth.

‘We are bitterly disappointed to come away with nothing.

‘Their management were very complimentary and reckon we will go on and beat other top sides.

‘Despite the result, I am proud of the endeavour and effort put in by my players.

‘Now we have to be ready to go again at Fleet Town tomorrow night.’

The defeat left the Rams in 15th place.