Rams won’t take Bash lightly

Lewis Hyde Picture: Neil Marshall
Lewis Hyde Picture: Neil Marshall
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Petersfield Town will be hoping they don’t hit the headlines when they travel to the New Forest to face Bashley in the Russell-Cotes Cup tonight (7.45pm).

The Rams won’t want to be only the second side to lose to The Bash this season in a competitive match.

Cinderford Town are the only team to lose to the lowly Southern League division one south & west outfit after they suffered a 1-0 defeat to them in the FA Trophy at the beginning of October.

Since that rare bright moment in an otherwise dismal season, Bashley have lost 13 matches in a row, and out of 26 competitive games so far in this campaign they have lost 25 of them.

In the league, The Bash have scored only seven times in 21 matches but have conceded 102 goals.

When you pick through this list of poor statistics, you can understand why Petersfield Town manager Ian Saunders does not want to see his side suffer the same fate as Cinderford did in a cup competition.

‘I said before our win at North Greenford on Saturday that we had a crucial week of matches and that we needed to win all three of them,’ explained Saunders.

‘I don’t want us to lose to Bashley but just because they have had a poor season doesn’t mean we can go there and just expect to win.

‘I am sure it will be another scrappy game as they will be fighting for their lives to enjoy a bit of cup glory.

‘So my players will need to be right at the top of their games to ensure we go there and prepare in the right way and do a professional job and come home with the victory.

‘This is a game we should be winning but we won’t be taking them lightly.

‘It probably won’t be pretty – the situation and the conditions will see to that – but we must look to get the right result to make sure it is our name which goes alongside Christchurch in the next round.’

Petersfield’s only injury concern from the weekend is Lewis Hyde.

He is likely to undergo a fitness check, to check the extent of his hamstring injury, before Saunders names his team.

– GRAEME MOIR