PETERSFIELD Town boss Ian Saunders has explained why a number of players have been released by the club as his side prepare for their trip to Fleet Town tonight (7.45pm).
A mixture of fringe players and first-team regulars have been shown the Love Lane exit door as the Rams manager shakes up his quad.
Former club captain Ryan Woodford, Alek Przespolewski and Dominic Cope have all now left, despite being regulars in the first-team set-up in the first three months of the Southern League campaign.
Also on their way are Mike McEnery and Harry Wedlake, while Benny Read and Will Essai are likely to join Wessex League clubs soon to get more match time.
Keeper Matt Shortt (Moneyfields) and striker Michael Dixon (Andover Town) are still out on loan as well.
Saunders had to clear out some players to bring in the new faces he felt were needed to freshen up his options.
Oliver Bailey, Adam Brice and David Jerrard have all impressed since coming into the club, and Jason Silver and Stuart Green have returned from injury and are now available for selection again.
‘Unfortunately, a few players have moved on from the club and we would like to wish them all the very best for their future careers,’ said Saunders.
‘There have been a number of changes. Not everyone will agree with them, but I hope our supporters continue to keep the faith and trust my latest decision making.
‘I truly believe the future is bright here.’
The Rams are waiting on news on the fitness of two key players ahead of tonight’s Hampshire derby in the Southern League division one central.
Striker Howard Neighbour had to sit out Saturday’s defeat to AFC Rushden & Diamonds with a swollen knee he picked up after colliding with the goal post when he scored against Fleet in the reverse fixture last Wednesday.
Captain Jamie Ford has still not returned to action since dislocating his elbow in the 2-2 draw at Hanwell Town just over a week ago and has missed the Rams’ past two games.
– GRAEME MOIR