Saunders out to solve Rams’ Jekyll & Hyde performances

Jamie Ford, right, and Howard Neighbour will miss Petersfield's Arlesey game through injury  Picture: Neil Marshall
Jamie Ford, right, and Howard Neighbour will miss Petersfield's Arlesey game through injury Picture: Neil Marshall
Hawks boss Lee Bradbury. Picture: Keith Woodland

Hawks boss sickened by home form

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Petersfield Town manager Ian Saunders is looking for a positive reaction from his players after their poor performance at Fleet Town this week.

The Rams boss was less than impressed after watching his side fall to a 3-2 defeat on Tuesday evening in Southern League central division one.

He will be hoping they transform their fortunes against Arlesey Town at Love Lane on Saturday (3pm).

Saunders is puzzled as to where the continual Jekyll & Hyde performances are coming from and his side’s indifferent form is harming their chances of pushing up the table.

‘I can’t quite work out why we perform one way in one game and then are completely different in the next one,’ said Saunders.

‘Against AFC Rushden & Diamonds last Saturday I was really impressed with the way my players went about their business.

‘They put in a proper shift against a really good side and I couldn’t have asked for more from any of them as they had worked so hard throughout the game.

‘But then we go to Fleet three days later, and although we have plenty of experience across the squad, we just didn’t perform at all.

‘It was one of our worst performances of the season.

“The Arlesey game won’t be easy as they have picked up some good results recently, but I want to see a positive reaction from my players and a big improvement on the way we played in midweek.’

The Rams currently find themselves 16th in the league standings – three points and three places behind their visitors.

They are about to enter a run of fixtures against sides below them in the table.

After Saturday, Petersfield’s next two fixtures are against the two sides currently in the relegation places.

December and January could well be a defining period for the Rams in terms of the direction their season is headed in, with their next six matches either against sides below them or just above them in mid table.

Petersfield are waiting on the fitness of Jamie Ford (elbow) and Howard Neighbour (knee) ahead of the Arlesey game.

– GRAEME MOIR