More drama as Rams net three points at Uxbridge

Joe Briggs netted for Petersfield. Picture: Neil Marshall
Joe Briggs netted for Petersfield. Picture: Neil Marshall
Matt Tubbs netted for the Hawks

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A storming second-half performance steered Petersfield Town to a deserved 4-3 win at Uxbridge in the Southern League central division.

It is the second time in a week the Rams have come out on top in a seven-goal thriller and manager Ian Saunders admitted it isn’t good for his blood pressure.

Saunders felt the win was well-deserved and the nervy finale his team experienced should have been avoided.

‘The scoreline shouldn’t have been as close as it was,’ said Saunders.

‘After conceding an early goal, which has been a recent trait of ours, we controlled the tempo of the game.

‘We were a little bemused to go in at half-time still trailing to that one goal.

‘When we went 4-2 up with 10 minutes to go I thought happy days we can now see the game out.

‘But when Uxbridge scored five minutes later we had to endure a nervy ending before securing the three points.’

Lewis Hyde headed the Rams level three minutes into the second half, from a Joe Briggs corner.

Provider turned goalscorer when Briggs headed the Rams into a 66th-minute lead which Howard Neighbour extended five minutes later.

The Rams, however, gave away an unnecessary penalty before Briggs struck again on 78 minutes with what proved a vital fourth goal.

The visitors survived some late pressure to climb to 13th in the league table.

‘We are one of a cluster of clubs in the middle of the league,’ said Saunders.

‘I think our position fairly reflects our first half of the season at the higher level.’