AMESBURY moved three points clear at the top of the Wessex League Division One after a 4-3 win at US Portsmouth.

This was certainly a game for the spectators, as the home side took the lead after 10 minutes and they were the better side throughout the first half but some resolute defending and goalkeeping from Dave Cardus kept Amesbury in the game.

They hung on and in the 44th minute when some great work by Luke Greenway produced a cross for Robbie Owen to slam home from 10 yards to equalise a little against the run of play.

The second half saw Amesbury begin to get on top of the game with Jordan Mathews, Danny Finnigan and Greenway all a constant threat.

On 55 minutes Joey Weeks released Mathews down the left wing, he completely outpaced the Portsmouth right back, cut into the box and coolly slotted in off the far post from 18 yards out. A fantastic strike from quite a tight angle.

Ten minutes later, a superb free-kick from Mathews was met at the near post by striker Finnigan with a brave header to make it 3-2.

The game then became a bit frantic especially as the weather conditions deteriorated and five minutes from time a wicked deflection took the ball past Cardus to make the game 3-2 .

In the 92th minute US Pompey were reduced to 10 men as their centre forward was given a straight red card for another awful challenge this time on Marcus Roper.

Just when you thought there would be no more drama US Pompey equalised in the 95th minute with a great passage of play and finish from 15 yards out.

From the restart in the 96th minute man of the match Luke Greenway found himself on the ball and just seemed to run directly at the Pompey defence.

He outpaced everyone and from 25 yards let fly with what can only be described as the perfect strike, finding the bottom corner of the net to win the match 4-3 for Amesbury.

On the minus side Connor Palmer suffered ankle ligament damage and is now currently in plaster, while their were further injuries to

Jack Vallis and Mike Owen.

Tomorrow night, Amesbury are at AFC Stoneham.