Saunders still loving life at the lane

Petersfield boss Ian Saunders
Petersfield boss Ian Saunders
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Petersfield Town manager Ian Saunders has rubbished claims he is about to abandon the Love Lane club in favour of Bemerton Heath Harlequins.

Saunders is astonished by the rumours that first surfaced on social media.

‘Nothing could be further from the truth,’ said the Rams boss.

‘Why would I be interested in going anywhere else after all the hard work put in at Petersfield?

‘I think some people have heard Ian Chalk is giving up at Bemerton and because I live up that way they have put two and two together to get three.

‘That is a bit naughty.

‘It is some people mischief-making because I certainly have not spoken to anyone at Bemerton.

‘They are a great club with good facilities but to suggest that I am going there is ridiculous.

‘Social media has a lot to answer for.

‘Suggestions that the club won’t get the ground grading to go up to the Southern League are also wide of the mark.

‘Further funds have been secured to do extra work which will take us above the required standard.

‘We are confident that isn’t a problem and our only concern is finishing in the top two to make sure we qualify.’

Town have made terrific progress under Saunders, after winning promotion from Wessex League division one at the end of last season.

This season, the Rams have taken the premier division by storm and have opened up a six-point lead at the top.

They are on course for a second successive promotion which will be a remarkable achievement.

Petersfield also progressed to the final of the Portsmouth Senior Cup last night after beating United Services Portsmouth 3-0 at Love Lane.

New signing Mike McEnery got the ball rolling for the hosts against their Wessex League division one opponents.

Benny Read doubled the Rams’ advantage just before the break, before Ash Howes sealed Saunders’ side’s progress early in the second half.

Petersfield will now face Lee Bradbury’s Hawks in the final at Fratton Park.