Rams ready for Robins return

Petersfield boss Ian Saunders
Petersfield boss Ian Saunders
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Petersfield Town renew their close ties with League One side Swindon Town in a pre-season friendly at Love Lane tomorrow (3pm).

The Rams and the Robins will meet again after playing each other last pre-season, when Swindon won a thrilling game 5-2.

For both sets of supporters it will be an early chance to see how their respective teams are shaping up for the new season.

And the fans will be 
hoping their team enjoy a similar campaign to the last one.

The Rams went on to win the Wessex League premier division title and gained promotion to Southern League division one central – the highest league status in the club’s history.

Swindon, meanwhile, were beaten League One play-off finalists.

Petersfield Town chairman Andy Vernon said: ‘We are delighted to welcome Swindon Town again to Petersfield for a pre-season friendly.

‘Last season’s friendly was a magnificent advert for both clubs and the style of football they like to play and I’m sure this year’s game will be just as entertaining.

‘Our stadium is a traditional non-league football ground and the advantage for spectators is they will be able to get a very close look at the new players their teams have signed for the new season.’

Swindon manager Mark Cooper is expected to bring his full first-team squad to Petersfield for the match.

And Rams boss Ian Saunders believes the visit of the League One side to Love Lane offers the perfect warm up for his players.

He said: ‘It is fantastic that Swindon Town have chosen to come to play us for the second year running – it really shows how our club is progressing that we are able to attract this calibre of opposition.

‘It is a good test for my players against higher-ranked opposition to show me what they can do ahead of the new season, as well as showing our supporters what they are capable of as well.’

Tickets for cost £5 for adults and £3 concessions (under-16s and OAPs).

– KEVIN RICKETTS