Two is too many at Romney
The Menace returned to league action with a disappointing defeat on the banks of Romney Marsh. Will Clunas reports...
Following their exploits in the Bill Manklow Inter-regional Challenge Cup the previous weekend, Peckham Town struggled on their return to Kent County League action on Saturday, going down to a 2-0 defeat at New Romney.
A fast start enabled the home side to take control of the match early on. The game was only ten minutes old when a foul in the box by Alfie Ball enabled New Romney to take the lead from the penalty spot.
Peckham felt they deserved a spot-kick of their own shortly afterwards, as forward Klajdi Cani - fresh off helping himself to four goals in Peckham’s previous fixture - was tripped as he raced in to the New Romney penalty area. The protests of the travelling players and coaches were waved away by referee Mick Pitcher, however.
New Romney then benefitted from an error by Peckham Town goalkeeper Larry McArdle to double their advantage. McArdle played a poor pass straight to an advancing striker, who slotted the ball into an empty net.
Peckham improved in the second half, cutting down on mistakes and retaining possession, but failed to breakdown a resolute New Romney backline.
Head coach Mary Phillip said "if we hadn't got off to a poor start, we would have got something out of this game, but when you travel to places like this [and concede early] you always have a mountain to climb." Peckham were without the services of usual central midfield duo Lukmon Mojeed and Ali Amisu and regular starter and dead-ball specialist Nicky Meta for the game, and now sit fourth in the table, albeit with three games in hand on Borden Village directly above them.
Peckham Town (442): Larry McArdle; Adam Tarrant, Alfie Ball, Hiram Laud-Anderson, Hady Traore; George Agbohoun, Saheed Sadiq, Drew Newton, Gareth Jones; Klajdi Cani, Yaya Barry. Substitutes: Adrian Butler, Enzo Ettien, Lewis McIntyre.