Saunders sure what Rams need four crown

Petersfield Town manager Ian Saunders
Petersfield Town manager Ian Saunders
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Ian Saunders reckons four wins from Petersfield Town’s final six games of the Wessex League premier division season will see them crowned champions.

And the Rams boss is keen to chalk the first one off against Fawley at Love Lane tomorrow (3pm).

‘The tension is starting to build but I believe the players can handle it,’ said Saunders.

‘We know what we have to do to win the title.

‘Fawley will make it tough for us. They held us to a 0-0 draw at their place a few weeks ago.’

The home side are hoping captain and talisman Alex Ward will return to the heart of the defence following a back injury.

Elsewhere, Horndean intend to give 17-year-old centre-back Mitchell Frost his full debut against Blackfield & Langley at Five Heads Park.

The teenager has done well as a substitute recently and manager Dave Carter believes he deserves his chance.

‘Mitchell possesses good feet and is dominant in the air,’ said the Deans boss.

‘He is definitely one for the future and this is a good opportunity for him.

‘This is a dress rehearsal for our Russell-Cotes Cup final and we want to do well.

‘We still have 10 games to play and if we can stay in the top 10 it would show a big improvement on last season.’

The hosts go into the game keen to bounce back from a 5-0 defeat at the hands of basement-club Totton & Eling on Tuesday night.

Carter hopes to have Gavin Spurway and Jack McFarlane available again.

Relegation-battling Fareham Town face a stern test against second-placed Winchester City at Cams Alders.

The Reds are involved in a three-way dogfight with Christchurch and fast-improving Totton & Eling to avoid the drop.

AFC Portchester are aiming to exact revenge on Lymington at Wicor Rec.

The Royals suffered their only defeat since Christmas at the New Forest club.

Royals boss Graham Rix said: ‘They battered us in the first half that day, so we know it is going to be tough.’

Joe Bye is back from a ban, while Sean Thurgood and Alex Baldacchino are in the frame for a return after injury.