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Tuesday 17th February 2015 ko 19.45

Portsmouth Senior Cup Semi-Final

PETERSFIELD TOWN 3 (McEnery 19 Read 42 Howes 50)

UNITED SERVICES PORTSMOUTH 0

Att c80

Entry £5

Programme £1

For a town a mere 12 miles north of Portsmouth, Petersfield isn’t half tucked away. Perhaps its the twisting A272 from Winchester that gives that impression, clearly the A3 would have been a better idea! It’s a genteel place, with an internal ring road, and a level crossing serving to slow the pace of life down as the traffic stops to let Portsmouth Harbour-bound trains in to the town station.

You are at the northern slopes of the South Downs, which helps to create that tucked-in feeling. Close by is the bohemian public school Bedales which has had the likes of Kirstie Alsopp and Lily Allen as pupils.

Love Lane is easy to miss, the ground is at the end of a cul-de-sac, but for me that’s when my evening took a real turn-up. I don’t pick my fixtures for the match-ups, and let’s face it, Wessex Premier versus Wessex One was never likely to produce a shock. But everywhere I looked something was happening.

Whether it was the barman trying to dry out the float (it didn’t!) after the cellar flooded overnight, or the pitch that slopes widthways from north to south there was plenty to involve the casual visitor. But the big news is to be found on that northern touchline.

Petersfield were promoted last season, and the momentum has been maintained, and they’re currently top, no mean feat when the likes of Moneyfields are in the same division. With the possibility of Southern League football looming the ground improvements are in full swing.

And for all those groundhoppers who are now imagining the phrase guaranteed to cause a groan, ” Our new stand is being delivered,”  think again. No the improvements don’t add up to a flick through the Meccano catalogue, the new stand will be by Petersfield for Petersfield, and I for one will greatly enjoy seeing how it looks when its finished.

On the pitch it was obvious why Petersfield think promotion could happen. They passed and moved with skill and purpose, and although a young US Portsmouth side strained every sinew they had few answers. In the final analysis 3-0 was a fair result and Petersfield will face Havant & Waterlooville in the final at Fratton Park.