Petersfield need polished performance to sink Diamonds

Howard Neighbour. Picture: Neil Marshall
Howard Neighbour. Picture: Neil Marshall
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Petersfield Town are expecting their biggest home league crowd of the season when AFC Rushden & Diamonds visit Love Lane tomorrow (3pm).

The Northamptonshire club are expected to bring a decent away following with them when they head south for this Southern League division one central match.

Diamonds were formed by supporters in 2011 when the original club – which had climbed into the Football League at one stage – was expelled from the National Conference and then liquidated.

The current club enjoys large crowds in terms of non-league football at this level and they are expected to travel in numbers for Saturday’s league clash.

Their team are currently in second place and they could go top if they win and results go their way elsewhere.

The two sides drew 1-1 on the opening day of the season and Petersfield manager Ian Saunders is expecting another tight match between them.

‘I’m really looking forward to another special day for our club,’ said Saunders.

‘It’s great for us to host a club of this stature and I’m sure it will be an enjoyable big occasion for everyone at Petersfield.

‘They are one of the favourites to win our division so I am sure they will come to us confident they will return home with the three points.

‘But my side will be up for the game and I am sure we will give them a good battle for the three points.’

Petersfield climbed up to 15th place in the table following their 3-1 win against Fleet Town on Wednesday night.

Two late goals from Howard Neighbour and one from Oliver Bailey, on his home debut for the Rams, gave them their fifth league win of the season from 16 matches.

Petersfield will be keen to keep the good results rolling.

Saunders added: ‘I’m pleased with the result from Wednesday and we just need to keep that form going.

‘The new signings we have made over the last week – Oliver Bailey, David Jerrard and Adam Brice – are settling into the side well and are showing signs of what they can offer us in the games they have played in so far.’

– GRAEME MOIR