Rams seek revenge in bid to move top

Horndean midfielder Lewis Stockford Picture: Mick Young
Horndean midfielder Lewis Stockford Picture: Mick Young
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Petersfield Town can go clear at the top of the Wessex premier by turning the tables on Whitchurch United at Love Lane tonight (7.45pm).

The Rams lost 3-2 at their title-chasing rivals earlier in the season and manager Ian Saunders wants revenge.

‘We have the added incentive of moving back above Moneyfields if we win,’ said Saunders.

‘When we lost at Whitchurch it was a game we felt we should have won because we gave them a couple of goals on the night.

‘It will be a tough test because Whitchurch had a great result against Winchester City at the weekend.

‘They are excellent going forward, with plenty of pace and trickery in their side.

‘We are in confident mood after thrashing Bournemouth 8-0 at the weekend and it should be a good advert for our league.’

The home side are without Ed Dryden, who is on a week’s trial with Premier League Stoke City, and injured striker Robbie Tambling.

However, Dan Woodward and James Ford are available to return to the squad.

Horndean host Bemerton Heath Harlequins at Five Heads Park looking to build on their terrific 2-1 win at Blackfield & Langley on Saturday.

‘That was an important win because it ended our losing run,’ said boss Dave Carter.

‘The players grafted for it and I am looking for more of the same.

‘We need to pick up another three points against a side who have been struggling of late.’

Carter is boosted by the availability of influential midfielder Lewis Stockford, who returns to the squad after work commitments.

Moneyfields manager Miles Rutherford admits he may be going with some of his youngsters in their Portsmouth Senior Cup tie against US Portsmouth.

‘No disrespect to Services or the competition but the Wessex League has to be our priority,’ said Rutherford.

‘The youngsters who came in did well against Christchurch on Saturday and will get another chance.

‘We are still without five or six injured players anyway and we expect it to be a tough game.’