Petersfield eye cup upset for double delight

Petersfield Town striker Robbie Tambling
Petersfield Town striker Robbie Tambling
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Wessex League division one champions Petersfield Town are out to cause an upset by beating premier runners-up Alresford Town in today’s Wessex League Cup final at Bemerton Heath Harlequins (3pm).

A success will see Ian Saunders’ side end their season with a remarkable league and cup double.

Town have beaten premier division opponents in every round to reach the final.

Totton & Eling, Brockenhurst, Moneyfields and Whitchurch have all been knocked out by the underdogs who will fancy their chances of pulling off another surprise.

‘Appearing in the cup final is the icing on the cake for us at the end of a fantastic season,’ said Town secretary Mark Nicholl.

‘There is no pressure and we are confident of giving a good account of ourselves.

‘We have achieved our main prize of winning promotion into the premier division for next season.

‘Alresford are a very good side with a potent attacking threat but if we play anywhere near our potential we can run them close.

‘I am sure Ian Saunders and his management team will have the players up for it.

‘This game is a real bonus for us and gives us the chance to lay down a marker before next season.

‘Beating Moneyfields on their own patch at Dover Road in one of the earlier rounds was a fabulous result.

‘Beating premier division opposition in every round is a remarkable achievement and I don’t think any other first division side has achieved that before.

‘We won’t be frightened going into this game.’

Whatever the result of the final, Nicholl is happy to know that his side are already back where they belong next season – in the premier division.

And in Robbie Tambling, who won the first division golden boot with 40 goals, they possess a dangerous cutting edge up front.

‘We believe the premier division should be the natural home for a club like ours,’ said Nicholl.

‘Next season we certainly won’t be going there looking to make up the numbers.’