Rams close in on title with Deans win

Petersfield striker Warren Hunt. Picture: Neil Marshall
Petersfield striker Warren Hunt. Picture: Neil Marshall
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Petersfield are on the brink of securing the Wessex League premier division title following their 4-1 victory over Horndean.

Three points in their final home game of the season against Lymington Town on Saturday will see them crowned Wessex League champions.

It was another comfortable victory for the Rams at Love Lane.

They took the lead on the half-hour mark after a quick free-hit into the box saw Jamie Ford’s shot at full stretch beat the keeper but rebound off the post.

The next free-kick into the box again fell to Ford on the edge of the area and he slipped a pass through to Warren Hunt, who was chopped down from behind.

The penalty was duly awarded and Hunt sent Horndean keeper Lyall Beazley the wrong way.

Rams doubled the lead four minutes later when Joe Briggs sent a scuffed shot past the keeper.

The home side continued to dominate in the second half and soon made it 3-0 on 52 minutes.

A cross from the left found Ash Howes, who headed in at the far post.

It wasn’t all Petersfield, though, as Horndean pulled a goal back three minutes later.

Nathan Paxton’s header rebounded off the post and as Gary Austin tried to get to the loose ball he was brought down and the referee awarded a penalty.

Robbie Pittman sent Matt Shortt the wrong way with his spot kick to make it 3-1.

But that was as good as it got for Horndean as Rams made sure of all three points with nine minutes remaining.

Dan Woodward got the ball on the right and crossed it to the far post, where Andy Todd fired home.

Meanwhile, Moneyfields returned to action after a three-week break by drawing 0-0 at home to Newport IW.

Bognor slipped to a disappointing 2-1 home defeat to Lewes in the Ryman Premier – with all the goals coming in the second half.

Rocks were 2-0 down before Terry Dodd pulled a goal back just after the hour mark.

Jason Prior missed a penalty to make it 2-2.