Rams must come back to earth for Aylesbury clash

Dan Sackman. Picture: Neil Marshall

Dan Sackman. Picture: Neil Marshall

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PETERSFIELD TOWN’s task of getting three points from their home game against Aylesbury United tomorrow has been made more difficult by their win over Farnborough in midweek.

Tuesday night’s 3-2 victory at Love Lane has gone straight into Rams’ folklore as one of the most famous wins in the club’s history.

Dan Simmonds fired home a hat-trick on his debut, including a 35-yard effort described as ‘world class’ by some in the crowd.

However, caretaker manager Andy Neal must now get everyone’s feet firmly back on the ground.

‘The Farnborough result was incredible – something which will live long in the memory for everyone involved at the club,’ said Neal.

‘It was a result everyone deserved when you consider the efforts a lot of people have had to put in to stabilise the club after Ian Saunders departed just before the start of the season.

‘It felt like a well earned reward for so many people on and off the pitch and their remarkable efforts on behalf of the club.

‘However, now we must put Tuesday night behind us and prepare for a new challenge in the shape of Aylesbury United.

‘Before the season started this game coming up was one we earmarked for three points at home so we must ensure we come back down to earth and prepare properly so we can get the right result.’

Neal is without two of Tuesday’s starters – keeper Anthony Ender and defender Lewis Hyde have joined Ryman League side Horsham.

But the stand-in Rams boss believes he has the players to fill those positions.

Neal added: ‘The senior and experienced players at the club like Dan Sackman, Alex Miroy, Olly Searle and Ryan Woodford have been superb for us in the two games we have played.

‘They have all stepped up to the challenges we have and helped to guide the younger players through matchdays.

‘We are still looking for new signings and are working on a couple of things.

‘We also have a good crop of youngsters.’

– GRAEME MOIR

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