Rams eye three in a row

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Petersfield Town manager Ian Saunders is eyeing a third year of success at the club – starting with a win from their opening game of 2016.

The Rams are in Southern League division one central action against Godalming Town at Love Lane tomorrow (3pm) and will be looking to build on a run of three league wins in a row.

Both 2014 and 2015 were laden with league titles and silverware for the east Hampshire club – and one of the keys to both of those years was the strong start made to them.

In January over the past two seasons, Petersfield have started with a win and then backed that up with long unbeaten runs to keep them in pole position in Wessex League division one and then the premier division.

Things are slightly different at the start of 2016, with the Rams currently in 13th place in the Southern League table.

But a good start to the year, followed by a good run of form, could be vital to their ambitions for the rest of the season.

Strong winning form in the league will help to secure their division one central status quickly and may allow them to eye a late run towards the play-off positions.

Petersfield also find themselves in the Russell-Cotes Cup and Portsmouth Senior Cup, so the opportunity to win some silverware is still not out of the question.

‘It is absolutely crucial we get off to a winning start to 2016,’ said Saunders as he looked ahead to the Godalming game.

‘Winning is a habit and if you do it regularly enough you tend to keep winning matches – just look at how that has helped us over the last two years.

‘We have won our last three league games in a row but we have to concentrate on the game coming up this weekend and make sure we are at it to be able to pick up the three points.

‘Godalming is a local derby of sorts for us as, like Fleet, they are the closest side in the division to us.

‘We are both in similar positions in the league table so I expect this will be a tight game and we will have to be at our best again to win it.’

Saunders hopes to have a near full-strength squad to pick from, with keeper Anthony Ender having served his one-match ban on Boxing Day.

n See Saturday’s Sports Mail for final-whistle reports from the non-league scene.