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Moneyfields hat-trick hero Gary Austin   Picture: Ian Hargreaves
Moneyfields hat-trick hero Gary Austin Picture: Ian Hargreaves
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Petersfield Town were dealt the cruellest of blows tonight as Uxbridge snatched a late Southern League division one central winner at Love Lane.

In a war of attrition, it was the visitors who found the all-important breakthrough one minute from time when Tayo Davies-Coker prodded home from close range to sntach all three points.

The first half was a fairly even contest between two sides trying to cope with what was a difficult playing surface after heavy rainfall in the last couple of days.

As a result of that, it became a game of attrition in midfield with both teams trying to gain the upper hand by putting balls in behind their opponents’ defence.

But such was the cautious nature of the opening 45 minutes, that when the whistle sounded for half-time, neither side had found the cunning to carve open a clear goalscoring chance.

In the little goalmouth action that was seen, home stopper George Hill had to come off his line quickly to deny a promising Uxbridge attack.

While at the other end, a series of Rams corners failed to provide any undue stress in the visitors’ penalty area.

The second half continued much like the first – an open game with both sides trying to find a winner

For the visitors, Mitchell Wiseman hooked over from close range and Wayne Carter put a header just wide, before Matthew Woods burst clear of the Rams defence but with only Hill to beat – somehow misfired over the crossbar.

Petersfield’s best chance to score came on 78 minutes when a cross from the left was floated towards the far post but Alfy Whittingham headed straight at the keeper.

With a draw the likely outcomes, the visitors then snatched the points in the harshest of circumstances – one minute from time.

A partially-cleared free-kick was returned by Uxbridge from the right and three visiting players were left unmarked in the box as Davies-Coker show low under Hill and into the net.

Meanwhile, in Portsmouth Senior Cup quarter-final action, visiting Moneyfields thumped Fareham Town 8-2 at Cams Alders.

Gary Austin hit a hat-trick, Nathan Paxton grabbed a double and Dan Hayes, Jake Raine and Liam Kyle completed the rout.

AFC Portchester are also into the last four after beating Paulsgrove 2-0 at home, thanks to goals from Luke Sweeney and Joe Bye.

Baffins Milton Rovers’ Russell-Cotes Cup tie with Liss Athletic was rained off.

Petersfield: Hill, Searle, Medway, Cripps, Geddes, Buckland, Tee, Green, Whittingham, Wedlake, Miroy

Subs: Andrews, Graham, Bray, Kendall, Giles