Hillians attendances go up by 10% and Ollie Rowland returns

The crowd at the Green Elephants Stadium
The crowd at the Green Elephants Stadium
  • Attendances increased by 64% in title winning season of last year
  • After six games this season they have risen again by a further 10%
  • Hill manager Ian Chapman brought Ollie Rowland back to the Green Elephants Stadium last week

Burgess Hill Town Football Club’s first season in the Ryman Premier has seen attendances rise again.

Attendances increased by 64% in our title winning season of last year compared to the previous season. After six games this season they have risen again by a further 10% with the club now averaging 438 per home game. The Club’s General Manager, John Rattle, said “Our aim this season is to remain in the Ryman Premier Division. To average over 400 supporters in our first 6 home games is further evidence that our town wants a football team competing at a national football league level”. “We have some attractive games coming up and your further support will be needed and very much appreciated”.

This season perhaps after last season the expectations of everybody was a little high but are aim is to be competitive in every league game we play and most games we have been.

Ian Chapman

Hill manager Ian Chapman brought Ollie Rowland back to the Green Elephants Stadium last week.

Chapman said of the former Eastbourne Borough and Lewes man: “I’m really pleased to have signed Ollie. He played for me before at Whitehawk so I know him well.

“He has a terrific left foot and is very versatile, he hasn’t played for 5 weeks so we need to get him match fit asap”.

Rowland is now in his third spell with the Club. He was in the Hillians Youth team during the 1999/2000 season and made four appearances under Gary Croydon during the 2008/09 season.

Chapman also confirmed that he is looking to bring two to three more players to the Club in the coming month.

Speaking in his matchday programme notes in last night’s game (Wednesday v Staines), Chapman commented about the first third of the season.

“Our season has been satisfactory points wise but at the same time in certain games we have switched off and been punished. The difference in quality between Ryman Premier and the South is in my opinion quite big.

“If you lose possession you don’t get the ball back quickly and the forwards are definitely more clinical, but in saying that in the last ten games I don’t think we have been outclassed.

“The last 2 games have been a bit disappointing results wise. Against Wingate & Finchley we were poor but should have got a point and at Leatherhead last Saturday we played well second half without having much luck but that’s the way it goes at times and we must just move on quickly to the next game”.

“This season perhaps after last season the expectations of everybody was a little high but are aim is to be competitive in every league game we play and most games we have been.”

This Saturday the Hillians host Met Police at the Green Elephants Stadium in the League, 3pm kick off.

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