Weymouth hold no Terras as Rams cause major cup upset

Petersfield Town midfielder Joe Briggs   Picture: Neil Marshall
Petersfield Town midfielder Joe Briggs Picture: Neil Marshall
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Petersfield Town manager Ian Saunders admitted he was ‘in dreamland’ after the Rams knocked out Weymouth 3-1 in the FA Cup at Love Lane.

Goals from Alex Przespolewski, Joe Briggs and Mike Dixon stunned the Southern League premier division side, who had Mark Molesley sent off in the first half.

‘Never in our wildest dreams did we think that we would get anything from this game,’ said Saunders.

‘It is a humongous scalp for us.

‘We have never been this far in the FA Cup before, so it is a great adventure.

‘Our first goal helped settle us down and gave us the belief we could compete.

‘They put us under a lot of pressure at times with a corner count of 15-0 against us.

‘To be fair, though, our goalkeeper only had one save to make and we defended superbly.’

The Rams took the lead against the run of play in the 21st minute when Przespolewski steered the ball into the top corner from a Joe Briggs cross.

Briggs, who caused the Terras problems all afternoon, was aided by a touch of good fortune for the Rams’ spectacular second goal.

From fully 50 yards, he fired in a free-kick which came down off the crossbar and bounced into the net off the back of the goalkeeper’s head.

Within a minute the visitors were reduced to 10 men following a lunging tackle on Lewis Hyde.

The Rams sealed their place in the next round on 65 minutes as Dixon lifted the ball over the goalkeeper and into the net.

All the Terras could manage was a late consolation goal to leave the Rams celebrating at the final whistle.

‘We hit the crossbar and their goalkeeper made a couple of good saves so we could have won by more,’ said Saunders.

‘A good run in the FA Cup is great for the club not just financially but also getting our name up there in lights.

‘We are still in the process of building the club back up and this doesn’t do that any harm.

‘As for the cup draw today we are quite happy to take anybody in the next round.’