Petersfield in hunt for third boss of campaign

Former manager Ian Saunders
Former manager Ian Saunders
Alfie Rutherford in action for the Hawks against Petersfield in the Portsmouth Senior Cup Final. Picture: Sarah Standing

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Petersfield Town face a week of tough cup matches as the hunt for their third manager of the season gets under way.

Andy Neal stood down from the first-team manager’s role at the end of last week in an amicable agreement between himself and club officials.

Now the Love Lane side are looking for their third boss this term – Ian Saunders left the club for Winchester City a week before the Southern League campaign started.

The search has begun against the backdrop of a busy schedule of matches which sees the Rams playing twice a week for the foreseeable future.

Director of football Gary Lines took over first-team matters for the trip to Bedford Town at the weekend, assisted by coach Shane Brayson and goalkeeper coach Tom Best.

Head coach Paul Marsh was unable to be at the match due to illness.

Petersfield put in a strong first-half performance and went in at the break level at 1-1.

However, they fell away in the second half due to what they felt was a controversial refereeing decision and some defensive mistakes in the 4-1 defeat.

The Rams take a break from league matters tonight when they host Basingstoke Town in the first round of the Southern League Cup.

They will be hoping their run of good luck against north Hampshire sides this season continues after their only competitive win of the campaign so far came against Farnborough in August.

Basingstoke play in the Southern League’s premier division, after being relegated from National League South at the end of last term.

After a mixed start to the campaign, they find themselves 17th in the table.

The good news for Petersfield is they almost have a full squad of players to choose from going into tonight’s game.

Only Ryan Woodford is likely to be missing as he completes the last of a three-game suspension.

The Rams are conducting a thorough search to find the right person to lift the club away from the bottom end of the division one central table.

Any enquiries about the first-team manager position should be directed to Gary Lines via e-mail at: garylinespetersfieldtown@outlook.com

– GRAEME MOIR