PETERSFIELD Town are looking to bury their 30-year Portsmouth Senior Cup curse in next week’s final at Fratton Park.
The Rams have not won the competition since the mid-1980s when they last played at the home of Portsmouth Football Club in the competition.
They have been runners-up three times since they last secured the trophy – twice under manager Paul Ryan in the late 2000s and once during Ian Saunders’ spell in charge of Petersfield in 2015, when his side lost 4-2 against Havant and Waterlooville.
Petersfield face the Hawks, who won the Ryman Premier Division title this season, in next Tuesday’s (May 23) final at Fratton, kick-off 7.30pm, with John Robson’s side looking to get their hands on what has proven to be an elusive trophy for Petersfield.
Chairman Graeme Moir said: “The three finals I?have seen us in haven’t gone well.
“Red cards cost us one year and then a wonder strike of a goal hit us in the next final.
“Against Havant in 2015 we were 2-0 down, got it back to 2-2 but they had too much for us overall that night.
“We are doing everything we can to put ourselves in the best position to win the Portsmouth Senior Cup.
“The final will be a great occasion for the club and the town – to see Petersfield represented in an arena like Fratton Park is a proud moment for everyone.
“We need to put in a good performance to win.”