Rams frustrated with attitude of some players

Nick Awford is set for a return tonight
Nick Awford is set for a return tonight
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PETERSFIELD TOWN chairman Graeme Moir has hit out at the behaviour of some of the club’s players ahead of tonight’s home game against Hanwell Town.

The Petersfield chief’s comments came in the wake of Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Ashford Town with some incidents which followed the match provoking an angry response from him.

The Rams are pretty much at the do-or-die stage of their season now and home wins are a must if they are to have any chance of surviving in the Southern League division one central.

However, Moir has questioned the attitudes shown by some of the players at Love Lane and whether they really are committed to the cause.

‘Some of the things that took place after Saturday’s match are a real disgrace to the reputation of Petersfield Town Football Club and some people need to take a long, hard look at themselves,’ said Moir.

‘I gather that after Saturday’s match some of the players were dancing and cheering in the dressing room like we had actually won the game – it took the strong words of one of our senior players to deliver a touch of reality to some of them.

‘Other things took place that have truly shocked me on Saturday and it is not the behaviour we expect from players at this football club.

‘In the past, players at this club have known when to behave and what is the right behaviour, and they have known when it is okay to let their hair down and have some fun.

‘However, some have taken things in the opposite direction – the club is having its worst season in years but that isn’t reflected in the actions some are taking.

‘Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a dig at all of our players. Some of them have really dug in this season and shown some undying loyalty to the club and have given their all to the cause.

‘But that effort is all for nothing when others behave in the way they did after Saturday’s game. They need to be aware that this kind of thing will not be tolerated at this club – we may be struggling but there is a right and a wrong way of doing things and some of them are way in the wrong place in regards to that.’

The Rams will be boosted tonight by the return of former Pompey midfielder Nick Awford, who has finally completed a seven-game ban after being shown red cards in two consecutive games.

Striker Zac Nicholson-Pibworth is close to returning to full training after being out injured since December.