Petersfield Town in high spirits ahead of Godalming match
THEY say 13 is unlucky for some but Petersfield Town will be looking to put that myth to bed as far as their own season is concerned today (Bank Holiday Monday).
The Rams have not been any higher than 13th place in Division 1 Central for the whole of this season but even just a point from their trip up the A3 to Godalming Town (3pm) may be enough to lift them up into 12th place.
Petersfield have been playing catch up in terms of the games in hand they have had over opponents and now they have finally caught up with the upper mid-table group.
A continuation of their current run of three wins in a row could propel them into the top half of the table.
Godalming sit in 11th place and are four points above the Rams in the table and manager Ian Saunders is expecting a tough battle in the first of the A3 derby encounters for the season.
“Our league records this season are fairly similar in terms of the games we have won or lost so I’m expecting to have a couple of tight games against Godalming,” he said.
“The last time we played them was in a pre-season friendly a few years ago and they were a strong side and they played some decent football.
“They are just above us in the table at the moment but if we can get a win that will help us close the gap on the upper mid-table teams even more.
“The aim now with the games we have remaining is to get as many points as possible on the board so we can finish as high as possible.”
The mood in the Rams camp is buoyant after their 3-2 win over Aylesbury on Saturday, a victory Saunders and his players enjoyed immensely.
“It was another great result for us against a side going for the play-offs,” Saunders added. “What makes it even sweeter is when you hear derogatory comments from an opponent’s players and supporters running your club down.
“Aylesbury made a few of them but at the end of the day we got the three points and that is all that matters.”
The only injury concerns for Petersfield ahead of their trip to Godalming involve defenders Lewis Hyde and Dan Sackman. Striker Oliver Bailey has joined Ryman League outfit Farnborough.