Boss returns as Rams set sights on leading pack

Ian Saunders. Picture: Neil Marshall
Ian Saunders. Picture: Neil Marshall
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Petersfield Town manager Ian Saunders returns to the dugout this weekend after his lengthy time away from the club and roared: I’m raring to go again.

The Rams boss has 
missed the last seven 
matches because of Army business taking him away from Love Lane.

But the imposing figure will resume his place – and bring back his vocal presence – on the touchline on Saturday, back from duty in time to watch his team in action at Kings Langley (3pm).

When he left at the beginning of October, the Rams were second from bottom in the Southern League division one central table.

Although they got knocked out of the FA Cup and Red Insure League Cup while Saunders was away, assistant manager Jason Hampson has steered Petersfield into a mid-table position on the back of a five-game unbeaten run.

The Rams boss will be hoping his return will galvanise yet further the return to the kind of form which took his side to the Wessex League title last season.

And he will be keen to return and use his influence to drive the team up the league table and get them among the leading sides in the division.

‘I have been watching the results come in while I have been away,’ said Saunders.

‘It has been brilliant and I am over the moon with how things have gone.

‘I can’t wait to get involved again.

‘I’ve been buzzing hearing about all the victories we have had.

‘It is difficult being thousands of miles away when the games are on and not being able to do anything.

‘All I can do is sit in my quarters waiting for updates on social media.’

Kings Langley sit in ninth place in the table but the top 10 teams in division one central are only separated by four points.

Petersfield will be looking to extend their unbeaten run with another victory and close the gap on the leading pack.

The Rams currently sit in 15th place – nine points behind the top 10.

They are five points clear of the relegation zone.

Saunders added: ‘We need to just keep on doing whatever it is we have been doing in recent weeks.

‘I’ve missed the lads and being involved.

‘But I am sure we can keep this unbeaten run of form going and keep climbing the table.’

– GRAEME MOIR