Saunders: Let’s move on from horror show

Ian  Saunders Picture: Neil Marshall
Ian Saunders Picture: Neil Marshall
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Petersfield Town manager Ian Saunders has urged his side to put their midweek Hampshire Senior Cup horror show behind them as they prepare for another crucial match in the Southern League tomorrow.

The Rams were looking for a confidence-boosting display for their cup tie against the Hawks on Wednesday night after losing their past three league games in a row.

However, whatever could go wrong did go wrong for Petersfield on the night, and the visitors romped to a 7-0 win at Love Lane.

Boss Saunders now has to lift his players for their trip to bottom-of-the table North Greenford United (3pm) in a game which needs a winning performance from the Rams to arrest their current slide in fortunes.

Hot on the heels of this game are a Tuesday night trip to struggling Bashley in the Russell-Cotes Cup and then a home game against second-from-bottom Leighton Town next weekend.

Saunders knows these are three games his side should be looking to win, and if they can do that Petersfield will be back on the right track again.

‘Wednesday night was disappointing, although I thought we tried to play some good football at times.

‘It was one of those games where anything that could go wrong did go wrong – having our keeper sent off after just 16 minutes and then having a penalty wrongly awarded against us turned the game well and truly in Havant’s favour.

‘But that is behind us know – what is crucial for us is to win the games we should be winning.

‘We need to concentrate only on Saturday’s game now and make sure we play to our full capabilities – if we can do that I am confident we will come back home with all three points.

‘Getting the results we should do in the next two games will make sure we keep a comfortable gap between ourselves and the sides in the bottom two. We just need to go out there, play well and get the right results.’

Saunders has a full squad to pick from for the trip to west London, with Jason Silver, Andy Todd and Adam Brice, who were all unavailable in midweek, available again for selection.