HAVING fun on the road is the key to Petersfield Town thriving on their long away trips this season.
The Rams face one of their longest journey’s of the campaign tonight when they head to Bedford Town in the Southern League division one central.
Hours will be spent travelling up and down the M25 and M1 for the 208-mile round trip.
And there is not much to lift the spirits when you are having to pick your way through the rush-hour queues and then climbing into bed in the early hours of Wednesday morning when you eventually get home.
However, morale has always remained high in the Petersfield camp on away days and the key has been making them as fun as possible to make the road trips pass by quickly.
Assistant manager Jason Hampson said: ‘We always try to make our away days fun – win, lose or draw.
‘We always have a few beers afterwards and we are often the last to leave the clubhouse on most away games.
‘We always make sure we prepare properly for games wherever we are going – team talks, warm-ups and tactics are always done in the proper way.
‘But we always have a good spirit in the camp and we make the away games as enjoyable as possible – it helps everyone relax, the banter always puts a smile on everyone’s face, and that really helps when we are spending so much time on the road for league games.’
Some of the more bizarre incidents of the current season have included hats being set on fire and a tour of Heathrow airport on the way to one outpost in the division.
Tonight’s trip to Bedford will see the Rams take on a side just one place and a point ahead of them, so they will be confident they can stretch their current run of three league wins in a row to four and continue their climb up the table.
Ryan Woodford is still out suspended, while Matt Shortt and Michael Dixon are currently spending short spells at Moneyfields and Andover Town respectively.