Summerhill unhappy with Petersfield Town’s display

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Thursday 19th March 2020 11:00 am
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Action from Petersfield Town’s 1-1 draw against Laverstock and Ford on December 14

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PETERSFIELD Town manager Mark Summerhill was disappointed with his side’s performance after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Fawley AFC at Love Lane on Friday night in Division One of the Sydenhams Wessex League.

Matt Low gave the Rams the lead in the first half, but Will Berry’s equaliser earned the visitors a share of the spoils.

“We didn’t play very well,” said Summerhill. “It was the first time in a long time I was very disappointed.

“We were lucky to be 1-0 up. We weren’t on top, it was very even. Fawley had played on the Wednesday night and we’d had a lot of rest, but it didn’t show.

“We didn’t look fresh. With a big crowd on a Friday night I thought we’d be bang at it.

“It was a very disappointing performance, and there are no excuses for that.

“We couldn’t get going. We didn’t hit our levels. I always fancy us for evening games at home, but we didn’t turn up.”

Summerhill also criticised his players for a lack of effort.

“Some games we don’t create chances, but the lack of effort was disappointing,” he said. “Even when we were relegated we had a tight group, so Friday night was a real shame.”

The Rams boss also accepted his share of the blame for the below-par display.

“I set the team up wrong,” said Summerhill. “For the first ten minutes we weren’t at it and we then changed to a 4-4-2. The lads never got going.”

Summerhill tried to freshen things up by bringing Will Essai and Olly Kershaw off the bench, but he admitted it didn’t have the desired impact.

“We made two substitutions but we didn’t improve,” said the Rams boss. “We didn’t have any energy or tempo. We didn’t win any second balls. We plodded through the game. I don’t want to blame the coronavirus, but there are other things going on. The lads are human beings, they have jobs.”