Rams reflect on great run after St Albans end Cup dream

Alek Przespolewski. Picture: Neil Marshall
Alek Przespolewski. Picture: Neil Marshall
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Petersfield Town’s record-breaking FA Cup run came to an end with a 1-0 defeat by St Albans City at Love Lane.

The National League South visitors grabbed the all-important goal four minutes before half-time.

A cross from the left was headed back across goal by Ben Martin and the ball somehow eluded everyone to end up in the far corner of the net.

In the second period, the Rams failed to get enough momentum to threaten any sort of comeback.

Petersfield’s best chances fell to Alek Przespolewski but unfortunately they failed to find a way through.

Acting Rams chairman Graeme Moir felt there was little between the two sides in terms of quality.

And he thanked the people of Petersfield who turned out to mark the occasion and get behind their team.

‘We ran them close and there wasn’t much in it,’ said Moir.

‘In the second half we couldn’t get up enough steam to put them under any sustained pressure.

‘It was then St Albans showed they were a National League South team by closing the game out.

‘They nullified our threat and stopped us from launching a challenge.

‘The run has been great for us as a club both financially and in raising our profile, though.

‘We had a good crowd in and the day was a great advert for the club.

‘It showed that the people of Petersfield will come out and get behind us.

‘The potential is there for us to grow as we look to climbing higher in the next few years.’

The Southern League division one central side’s best chances of causing a shock came in the opening 45 minutes.

Mike Dixon put a free header over the top and Przespolewski saw his dipping shot tipped over by goalkeeper Joe Welch.

Another speculative long-range effort from Przespolewski also dropped narrowly over the crossbar.

St Albans went close when a Martin header looked destined for the top corner but home keeper Anthony Ender kept the ball out.

After the break, the home side’s only chance of note came in the 77th minute.

Przespolewski fired in a low shot from the right which took a deflection but Welch dived full length to push the ball around the post.

Ender had to make two more sharp saves to keep the Rams in contention – keeping out efforts from John Kyriacou and Harry Crawford.