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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Petersfield Town 2 Alresford Town 1

Wessex League Division Two
Love Lane, Petersfield

Petersfield, says the increasingly useful and reliable WikiPedia, is “a vibrant ancient market town, originally built as a Norman 'new town' at the end of the 11th Century.” And a splendid place it proved to be too for day two of this week’s gruelling schedule of four groundhops in as many days.

The online encyclopaedia also mentions the impressive Church of St. Peter, which as cricket is very much in vogue at the moment, leads onto an interesting bit of sporting trivia. The churchyard, just off the main square in the town centre, is the final resting place of John Small, the famous right-handed batsman. Small dominated the game for two decades from the 1760’s and also designed the first straight edged cricket bat, whose design is encompassed in today’s modern equivalent.

But back to the evening’s main theme. The local football club, Petersfield Town, was founded in 1993 following the demise of the town’s previous side Petersfield United. Birmingham City and former Fulham keeper Maik Taylor once played for the Love Lane outfit, who at one time were managed by former Spurs and England defender Gary Stevens. Spats with the local council over the lease for the ground forced the club to resign from the Wessex League at the end of the 1994/95 season only for them to reapply and be readmitted for 1995/96. Promotion from Divison Three to Division Two was achieved back in 1999 and they have remained at that level since.

Half a dozen large oak trees dominate one end of the Love Lane ground which just ouzes quaintness [is in desparate need of attention]. From the makeshift turnstile to the old and dilappidated 50-seater wooden stand along the lower touchline (the pitch has a wicked slope) this is what ground hopping is all about. The club have a decent club house though and serve up your half-time beverage in a proper porcaline mug whilst a visit to the gents is made complete by provision of a proper linen hand towel.

As for the match it was an entertaining enough affair (certainly very good value for the £3 admission) with all three goals coming in the first half. Visitors Alresford took an early lead, taking advantage of a lose ball in the six-yard box following an excellent save by the home side’s ‘keeper. The pacy frontline of Petersfield, however, soon had the game back level and produced the winner around the 30 minute mark with a break that saw one of the strike force take on and beat a defender inside the box before unselfishly squaring the ball for his team mate to score from 10-yards.

Tomorrow night I’m faced the choice of Denmark v England live on Sky or the Wessex League Division Three clash between FC Portchester v Netley Central Sports in the flesh at Cranleigh Road. It’s a no brainer really!

Match: 8 (2005/06) 1,252 (Lifetime)

posted by chevblue at 11:03 pm






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