Wittering Harriers are victorious against Premiair in Peterborough League Division One match
A third successive victory moved Wittering Harriers into the top six of the Peterborough League Division One standings after a 3-2 away win at Premiair on Saturday.
Sam Cayley’s side charged into a two-goal lead on the 3G pitch at Bushfield before Premiair pulled one back on the stroke of half-time.
The hosts then levelled after the break before Ashley Middleton smashed home the winner to keep Wittering among the leading runners in a tightly-contested division.
Both sides came into the contest off the back of good results last week and Wittering started very brightly.
A high tempo opening resulted in a penalty to Wittering when Middleton was bundled over and Lee Croft stepped up but the Premiair keeper made a good save down low to his left and Harriers were not able to convert the follow up.
Chances came for Wittering but none better than their opener as the Andrew Moss and Croft partnership continued with a perfectly timed lay off from Moss that Croft made no mistake in tucking away.
Wittering began to turn the screw and were getting plenty of the ball in the final third, only to not be as clinical as the previous week.
Premiair began to show signs of life with a couple of chances from distance where Paul Greenhalgh made some excellent saves.
Wittering should have steadied the ship and were grateful for yet another clumsy challenge on Middleton that led to a free-kick 22 yards from goal.
Croft stood over the ball and whipped his effort into the top corner via the faintest of touches from the Premiair keeper.
At this stage Wittering were in complete control only for the early warnings to come back to haunt them as Lee Clementson dispatched his shot which, via a deflection from Lee Booker’s head, found its way into the Wittering goal.
At the time it felt like a consolation, given the balance play, but Premiair came alive in the second half.
The game became stretched and for a neutral must have turned into a well-balanced end-to-end spectacle. Wittering posed a lot of threat on the break with only the final ball not connecting.
With 20 minutes left on the clock, Premiair equalised through a well-worked goal which saw Clementson run onto a through ball and dink it towards the goal with Will Harris getting the last touch as it went into the net.
The game was balanced and either side could have won it, both having good chances to wrap up the points.
The decisive goal came five minutes from time when Wittering played out from the back and great play from Peter Robinson laid it off to Croft.
Croft’s touch took it into the path of Middleton who unleashed an amazing arrowed drive from 28 yards which sailed into the bottom corner for Wittering’s winner.
Manager Cayley commented: “We came into the game off the back of last weekend’s fantastic performance against Eunice and the boys were buzzing.
“However, we knew that Premair on their 3G would be a very tricky game. We haven’t been great on the road this season and know we needed to start well.
“I thought that in the first half we were very good and deserved our lead. The only moan must be that we weren’t clinical enough in front of goal.
“The goal before half-time let them back into it and, in the second half, we allowed them to play by sitting back too much.
“Ash’s strike to win the game was a bullet into the bottom corner, it was the piece of class needed to win the game.
“Overall, I think we deserved to win it but it was a tough game and there’s lots to work on before we play again.”
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