Petersfield plan to finish great year in style

Ian Saunders. Picture: Neil Marshall
Ian Saunders. Picture: Neil Marshall
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It has been another successful 12 months and Petersfield Town are aiming to finish the year on a high.

The Rams face Northwood in Southern League division one central tonight at Love Lane (7.45pm).

We really can be proud of everything we have achieved to date

Ian Saunders

In 2015 Ian Saunders’ team won the Wessex League premier division title and secured promotion to the Southern League.

That was after carrying out considerable improvements to their stadium to ensure it met the required ground grading criteria.

They also reached the finals of the Wessex League Cup and Portsmouth Senior Cup, enjoyed the club’s best ever run in the FA Cup, and appeared in the FA Trophy for the first time.

In the Southern League, they have more than held their own during the first half of the season.

‘The year of 2015 has been another fantastic 12 months for this club,’ said Saunders as he reflected on the achievements of the year after also having a great 2014.

‘We really can be proud of everything we have achieved to date.

‘It is amazing to look at what we have done when you consider the position we were in just over two years ago.

‘The success has been built on a real drive to take this club forward.

‘And the key for us now is to continue with that same drive so that we keep progressing.

‘Success may be measured differently now that we have stepped up to step four of the non-league system.

‘We aren’t always going to be able to enjoy promotions and cup finals year in year out now as we are playing at a higher level.

‘However, still being in the Southern League at the end of this season will be a huge achievement for us.’

The Rams have won three games in a row to climb to 13th in the league.

Saunders added: ‘The last three games will count for nothing unless we go out and get the right result against Northwood.

‘They will be a tough side to beat as they were league leaders for a while at the start of the season.

‘We will need to show all of the fight and resilience we have shown in the last three games to get three points tonight.’