Rams boss wary of new-look Bemerton

Petersfield striker Warren Hunt. Picture: Neil Marshall
Petersfield striker Warren Hunt. Picture: Neil Marshall
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Petersfield Town can stretch their lead at the top of the Wessex League premier division by completing a league and cup double over Bemerton Heath Harlequins at Love Lane (7.45pm).

The Rams are one point ahead of Winchester City but have two games in hand on their nearest rivals.

Ian Saunders’ team beat their Wiltshire visitors 4-2 in the Wessex League Cup semi-finals.

But the manager is expecting a tougher test this time around.

‘This will be Bemerton’s first game under new manager Graham Kemp and that will make them dangerous,’ said Saunders.

‘Players always set out to try to impress a new boss.

‘Bemerton are a good, well-drilled side anyway, so we will have to be on our mettle.

‘They will still be smarting from the cup defeat and will come looking to scupper our league title ambitions.

‘We are in the driving seat with seven games to go and it is well and truly in our own hands.

‘The pressure will start to build now and we will do our best to stop that getting to the players.

‘We never expected to be in this position, so we have to go out and enjoy it.’

Petersfield have been boosted by the recent return of striker Warren Hunt from suspension.

Wide man Joe Briggs will come straight into the squad following his return from Australia.

But the Rams are without Ed Dryden who has left after earning himself a professional deal with Premier League Stoke City.

Horndean have Nathan Kirby and Lewis Stockford back for their visit to bottom of the league Totton & Eling.

Dave Carter wants his side to get back to winning ways following a 0-0 draw with Fawley on Saturday.

The boss said: ‘We have been playing a lot of games and that looked to take its toll against Fawley.

‘Totton & Eling might be bottom but they have beaten top sides like Moneyfields and Winchester City.

‘We cannot afford to take anything for granted.

‘I am expecting a tough game.

‘We have to keep picking up points to close the gap on the teams above us and get the highest finish possible.’