Moles see promotion hopes dented by Petersfield

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Frustrated Aylesbury missed the chance to close the gap on fifth-placed AFC Rushden & Diamonds as they were beaten 3-2 at Petersfield Town on Saturday.

With Diamonds being held to a 0-0 draw by Northwood, a win would have seen FC close to withing two points of the Northants side with two games in hand.

But as it turned out, FC dropped to seventh with this defeat, being leapfrogged by Chalfont St Peter, and are five points shy of Diamonds.

The writing was the wall as early as the first minute for FC, as Petersfield went ahead with their first attack, Joseph Briggs heading home.

The game was played in a swirling wind and in driving rain, and it was the home side who mastered the conditions better throughout.

After opening the scoring, Petersfield pressed for a second, while FC struggled to get into the game, but they were unlucky not to level on 15 minutes when Brian Haule’s header from a Gareth Price cross hit the post.

Aylesbury did level things up on 24 minutes though.

Edd Smith cushioned the ball for Price and the winger made no mistake, hitting a sweet shot from the 18-yard line which gave Town goalkeeper Anthony Ender little chance.

FC thought they had done enough to go in at the break level, but poor defending alowed Petersfield to edge ahead again.

Too much space was allowed for a cross to be delivered, and Howard Neighbour flicked the ball home Jamie Vardy-style to make it 2-1.

Price hit a testing shot within seconds of the restart before FC grabbed their second equaliser. A weighted through ball found Smith and he had the confidence and skill to lift the ball over the approaching keeper and into the net.

With FC playing down the hill and with the wind at their backs, this should have been the impetus to win the game but the home team wanted it more.

It was Neighbour who grabbed the winner with 15 minutes left to play, being allowed time and space to fire home.

An 87th minute scramble from a corner gave FC their best chance of an equaliser, but it was wasted.