IAN SAUNDERS has told his players to steer clear of new year excess as Petersfield Town sign off from a memorable 2015.
The Rams were handed a frustrating close to the year as their clash with Northwood at Love Lane was postponed.
The rain put paid to the Southern League division one central meeting following an afternoon pitch inspection.
Now the players will see in 2015 after 12 months which have seen the club flying high.
The Wessex League premier division title was secured along with promotion to the Southern League.
That’s on top of a memorable FA Cup run and their first-ever appearance in the FA Trophy.
That’s a cause for celebration - but Saunders doesn’t want his players taking it too far.
Saunders knows a big match against Godalming is on the horizon on Saturday.
He said: ‘I’ve warned the players not to go heavy on the booze.
‘I know that they’ve got a day to get over it, but, even if they are young players, they will still be feeling it.
‘There are few of them who like a beer as well!
‘We’ve got a big game against Godalming, though, and we want everyone right for it.
‘We’ve been on a good run recently and we definitely want to continue that.’
The Northwood postponement means Petersfield will have to wait in their effort to build on their winning run in the league.
Three wins on the bounce have been secured against Uxbridge, Leighton Town and North Greenford United.
Godalming now make the short trip to Love Lane a single place below Saunders’ side in the table.
Saunders admitted he was keen to see the Northwood game take place, but he could have no argument with the postponement.
He is confident the pitch will be playable, however, for Saturday’s game.
Saunders said: ‘It was a bit gutting to have the game called off.
‘I’m a manager who wants to play these games, but, looking at the pitch, it was the right decision.
‘It’s a little disappointing but we will work on the pitch between now and Saturday to get the game on.
‘It’s a derby against Godalming, and they will bring a few fans with them.
‘The money that can generate is important.’
- by JORDAN CROSS