Lights go out on historic night for Petersfield

Petersfield's players and fans were left frustrated
Petersfield's players and fans were left frustrated
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Petersfield Town saw floodlight failure rob them of a memorable triumph in their maiden Southern League encounter at Love Lane.

The Rams were 4-0 up against Fleet Town when one of the ground’s six pylons failed to fire.

Following protests from the visitors, the referee was left with little option but to abandon the division one central clash at half-time.

It was a bitter pill for Petersfield to swallow after a first-half double by Michael Dixon and goals from Joe Briggs and Luke Walker had put them firmly in control.

Having been held to a 1-1 draw at AFC Rushden & Diamonds on Saturday, the Rams were firmly on course to register their first victory since winning the Wessex League premier division last season.

But it wasn’t to be as Southern League football got off to a false start at Love Lane.

Rams vice-chairman Graeme Moir said: ‘We are all gutted.

‘We were 4-0 up at the time and would probably have won by more.

‘The players came out after half-time and Fleet began to protest about the lights.

‘I guess if we were 4-0 down, we would have done the same.

‘It was supposed to be an historic occasion. It was such a pity after the amount of work everyone has put in.

‘It has certainly taken the gloss off it.’

Moir explained the lights are routinely the checked and passed their last inspection just a week ago.

He added: ‘There are six poles and they all came on for a short time.

‘But then one went. It just seems to be one gremlin in one pole.

‘We are mystified as to what has happened.’

Dixon’s double sandwiched two long-range strikes from Briggs, on 15 minutes, and Walker after 28.

The game will be replayed on a date to be announced.