Saunders looks to positive after late goal denies Rams

Joe Richardson, left. Picture: Mick Young (150638-06)
Joe Richardson, left. Picture: Mick Young (150638-06)
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A stoppage-time 
equaliser left Petersfield Town gutted in their 2-2 draw against Barton Rovers at Love Lane.

For the second time in 
four days the Rams were robbed of a first win in Southern League division one central.

In midweek, they led 4-0 against Fleet Town before the game was abandoned because of floodlight failure.

And against Barton on Saturday, boss Ian Saunders felt the game went on too long.

He said: ‘Both managers were astounded at where the referee got seven minutes (of stoppage-time) from.

‘Obviously their manager was delighted but we can’t blame that for not winning.

‘We should have been able to see the game out.

‘It feels like a loss for us and there is an air of disappointment about the result.

‘The positives are we remain unbeaten and we played some excellent football at times.’

The game kicked off 15 minutes late because the visitors were held up by traffic problems.

Starting on the front foot, the Rams rattled the woodwork early on through Dan Sackman before Lewis Hyde forced a good stop from the Barton keeper.

Petersfield then took the lead in the 27th minute when Stuart Green played Joe Richardson through and he rolled the ball into the bottom corner.

Joy was short-lived in the home camp, though, as Barton levelled the scores almost immediately after the restart.

Joe Reynolds gave debut-making goalkeeper Tom Boyle little chance with a terrific free-kick into the roof of the net.

‘We didn’t allow the setback to take the wind out of our sails,’ said Saunders.

Five minutes into the second half the Rams restored their lead with Ryan Woodford smashing in from close-range.

Victory was cruelly snatched from the home side at the death, though.

They failed to defend a long-throw from the right and David Longe-King headed in the equaliser.

‘Things aren’t going for us on and off the pitch at the moment,’ said Saunders.

‘Being pegged back at the end was a bitter pill to swallow.

‘It is the harsh reality of stepping up to the higher level, though.

‘We had chances to grab a third goal and if we had done that there would have been no way back for them.

‘Ultimately, it will be good to get our first three points on board.’