Rams out to avoid own cup upset

Petersfield boss Ian Saunders Picture: Neil Marshall
Petersfield boss Ian Saunders Picture: Neil Marshall
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PETERSFIELD Town boss Ian Saunders has vowed not to take the Hampshire Senior Cup lightly as his side go in search of more glory.

Love Lane is still buzzing after Saturday’s 3-1 victory over Weymouth saw the Rams reach the second qualifying round of the FA Cup for the first time.

But their feet will be firmly back on the ground when the Southern League division one central outfit entertain Wessex League division one side Hythe & Dibden tonight (7.45pm).

The Rams know their opponents will be eager to put one over them in the second-round tie.

And while Saunders admits some of his squad will get valuable match time under their belts, he will still be fielding a strong side.

‘The Hampshire Senior Cup is really important to us and it is a competition we will be taking very seriously,’ said the manager.

‘We had a good run two years ago and it is one that is up for grabs to win.

‘The match is important for us as it allows those players struggling for match fitness to get some more game-time into their legs.

‘It also allows me to look at some of the squad players I have but we will be fielding a strong side.

‘Hythe & Dibden will come to our place and fancy themselves to cause an upset and knock us out.

‘We have to get our feet firmly back on the ground after Saturday and do what we always do at Petersfield – that is to focus only on the next game we are playing and make sure we prepare in the right manner.’

– GRAEME MOIR