Petersfield Town 14 Andover New Street 0.
Bobby Tambling scored in excess of 200 goals for Chelsea in a glittering career and his nephew Robbie, albeit at a lower level , proved that goalscoring runs in the family as he claimed seven of the 14 goals by which Petersfield overwhelmed Andover New Street on Saturday.
It was one of the club’s biggest ever defeats in their long history and unsurprisingly not one of boss Matt Styles’ better days. He said: “This was probably my worst ever day in football, even as a kid, and there were no positives. ‘Our application was shocking and not one of their goals was special. Fourteen mistakes and 14 goals.”
It took just six minutes for Tambling to open the scoring as Petersfield, presented with the December Club of the Month Award by league chairman Ian Hoare prior to the game, went a long way to dispelling the myth that the award is a “kiss of death” for the club concerned.
Tambling rose unchallenged to head home Philip Archbold’s deep cross before the latter claimed the second, hooking the ball high into the net after the defence failed to clear a corner. New Street keeper Tom Crozier then denied Archbold with a superb stop before Tambling’s low shot finished just inside the post for number three. A rare Street attack saw home keeper Matt Short take the ball off Prince Xhamela’s foot before a Steve Sones cross was headed back by Archbold and turned into the net by Andrew Todd with a quarter of the game gone.
A Brad Stead free- kick was headed just wide by Charlie Waite but back came the home side with Archbold sending Tambling clear to complete his hat-trick with an assured finish. Three quickly became four as Archbold, allowed the freedom of the right flank all afternoon by the Street defence, produced another pinpoint cross that was neatly turned past Crozier. The keeper made a double save to deny Todd before pushing away a Sones’ effort only to see Todd reach the loose ball first for goal number seven. The overworked Crozier found his defence wanting again as he saved from Tambling at point blank range only for the striker to score at the second attempt and send the home side into the half-time break with an eight goal cushion.
The second half continued in the same vein with Crozier denying Tambling and then saving a Jack James penalty, before the Archbold/Tambling combination saw Tambling claim his sixth and the side’s ninth. New Street were more involved as the game went on but midway through the half Petersfield reached double figures as Archbold finished off a neat move involving Todd and substitute Ryan Coker. Street then forced Short into his first save as he blocked Waite at close range after a good run by Shea Massey before more home pressure saw Tambling hit the post, Crozier save twice in quick succession and then go down bravely at Tambling’s feet only for Owain Hoskins to slot home the loose ball.
With thunder and lightning in the background Waite was narrowly wide for Street as the home supporters urged an away goal. The floodlights failed briefly but Tambling still knew where the goal was and scored his seventh from a Will Essai cross and with the referee unkindly playing five minutes stoppage time Coker made it 13 with a low shot before fellow substitute Joe Richardson, completely unchallenged, claimed goal number 14.
Petersfield may be ruing that they did not make it 15 to equal the highest Wessex League score by Fleet Town – against Petersfield.
Such scores do the league little favour and New Street must wonder yet again how they can achieve more regular commitment from some members of their playing squad.
Matt Styles is aware of that problem: “We had six or seven injured and some unavailable and we went there not really expecting to get anything but there was no pride.”
‘The reaction of the players afterwards was good but this was a real kick in the teeth.”
Although already in doubt due to the constant poor weather Wednesday’s match at Amesbury is vital if New Street can pick up some confidence.”
Styles added: “Today was embarrassing and made us look stupid and that cannot happen again.”