Goal hungry Rams hand Widbrook cup thrashing

Petersfield boss Ian Saunders. Picture: Neil Marshall
Petersfield boss Ian Saunders. Picture: Neil Marshall
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Southern League Petersfield Town thrashed Widbrook United to romp through in the Portsmouth Senior Cup.

Ian Saunders’ side picked up a whopping 11-0 win at Love Lane last night to progress against the Portsmouth Saturday League side.

Petersfield took the lead after just two minutes when Alex Rowley crossed from the left and Joe Briggs scored with a header at the back post.

Howard Neighbour then went close with his downward header which went straight at the goalkeeper.

Petersfield doubled their lead on eight minutes when a move which started in the home defence was finished off by Rowley when he cut inside on the edge of the area and curled a shot into the far corner.

It was 3-0 on 18 minutes after a series of crosses into the box from Petersfield. Briggs’ cross was the perfect height for Neighbour to hook the ball over his shoulder and into the net.

The visitors had goalkeeper Joshua Steere to thank for two good saves when first he clawed away Lowley’s close-range shot.

From the next attack Benny Read tried his luck from the edge of the box, but his deflected shot was turned around the post by the keeper.

Petersfield went 4-0 up after 50 minutes when Briggs hung up a cross to the far post and Neighbour headed across goal and into the net.

Two minutes it later he completed his hat-trick when a corner into the box was half cleared and played back in to Neighbour, who turned and shot low into the net from six yards.

It was 6-0 when a cross into the box saw Will Essai flick the delivery past the keeper.

Goal number seven came on 72 minutes when Lowley burst through on the left the keeper could only get a hand to his powerful shot as it went into the net.

The eighth goal went in four minutes later when a cross from the left was tapped in from close range by Josh Taylor.

Goal number nine arrived a minute later when a ball was worked forward to Essai who held off his marker before shooting past the keeper from 25 yards.

The 10th came when Essai latched on to the ball on the right and a low cross was turned home by Briggs.

Briggs then rounded off the scoring with his second of the night when he shot home after a cross from the left.