Rams aim to prove a force in both league and cup

Petersfield enjoy their FA Cup win against Weymouth. Picture: Neil Marshall
Petersfield enjoy their FA Cup win against Weymouth. Picture: Neil Marshall
Scott Hamilton scores Fareham's second goal. Picture: Neil Marshall (171158-8)

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Petersfield Town will be looking to transfer their cup form into the league when they take on Royston Town at Love Lane on Saturday (3pm).

The Rams have won all three of their cup games so far this season – beating Moneyfields and Weymouth in the FA Cup and Hythe & Dibden in the Hampshire Senior Cup.

However, they have yet to enjoy that kind of form in the Southern League division one central.

Only one win in their opening six league matches has left the Rams in 18th place in the table.

However, there are no major concerns about an indifferent start to Southern League football in the Rams camp.

Petersfield have been producing some decent performances and they are certainly not out of their depth in step four football.

However, manager Ian Saunders is keen for his side to transfer their winning habit from cup football into the league as soon as possible.

They will want to start climbing the table and need to turn their positive performances into wins.

Saunders said: ‘We have shown so far this season that we are more than capable of doing well at this new level of football for the club.

‘We have had plenty of winnable positions in the five games we haven’t won but we just haven’t taken those opportunities.

‘Some might say it is a case of us being taught some lessons or because we are still adjusting to life in the Southern League.

‘But I think we need to keep doing the right things and the wins will come.’

Saunders believes their recent wins in the cup matches will ensure the team are in the right frame of mind to push on in the league.

He added: ‘We have got into the good habit of winning in our cup games and as I say to my players constantly, it is all about having good habits and sticking with those to be successful – so that could be making the runs we need them to make, or playing the right pass for our system.

‘I am positive the results will come for us in the league so let’s start that good habit of winning league games against Royston on Saturday.’

Royston currently sit in 11th place in division one central, just four points clear of the Rams.

Saunders is awaiting news on the availability of a number of his first team squad.

One definite absentee is Howard Neighbour, who completes his three-match ban this weekend.

– GRAEME MOIR