Petersfield Town to complete difficult league campaign

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PETERSFIELD Town will complete what will go down as one of the worst league seasons in their history tomorrow when they entertain Arlesey Town at Love Lane.

However, chairman Graeme Moir doesn’t believe the season will be all for nothing and he feels the club will be stronger for some the experiences they have had to endure during the campaign.

Losing manager Ian Saunders to Winchester City just over a week before their Southern League Division 1 Central season got under way proved to be a hammer blow for the Rams.

After the departure of the man who brought back to back promotions to the club from the Wessex League in 2014 and 2015, many of the first team squad followed him out of the Love Lane exit within the following month.

Andy Neal, Gary Lines and John Robson have all tried and failed to turn around Petersfield’s fortunes and there has been a high turnover of players throughout the campaign.

It has all added up to a dismal league campaign, exits in the FA Cup and FA Trophy in the opening rounds the Rams played in and very little for anyone at the club to cheer – apart from next month’s trip to Fratton Park for the Portsmouth Senior Cup final.

But Moir is keen that the club takes the positives from the situation and ensure that the mistakes and bad decisions taken this season are not repeated in the future.

“It’s been a season to forget to be honest but we shouldn’t just brush the issues and problems we have faced under the carpet and forget about them,” said the Rams chairman.

“We must take stock and rebuild the club from its current position but we can only do that by making sure we fully take on board what has happened this season.

“We must get back on the front foot again and start taking this club forward into the future. We have to wait to learn where we will be playing our football next season but then we need to hit the ground running, have a full pre-season with no disruptions and be ready and raring to go in August.

“There are some great people at Petersfield and I must thank them for their hard work in what have been difficult circumstances throughout the campaign.

“Despite everything that Rams spirit remains at the heart of the club and is strong in everyone – the challenge now is to go again and give everyone who follows the club or is connected to it every reason to be proud of what we are achieving both on and off the pitch again.”