Ian Chapman on Billericay Town: 'They are the Chelsea or Manchester City of our league'

Ian Chapman
Ian Chapman

Ian Chapman and his Burgess Hill side are ready to take on the ‘Chelsea or Manchester City’ of the Ryman Premier League.

The Hillians travel to Billericay Town on Saturday, a club who have had a massive influx of cash since new owner Glenn Tamplin took over in November and recently signed form Premier League star and England international Paul Konchesky.

But Chapman’s men will go to Essex full of confidence after their 5-1 win against Harrow Borough on Tuesday night.

Chapman said: “We are away at Billericay, they are the Chelsea or Manchester City of our league. They have had a massive influx of money and it will be a really difficult game. It will be a game no-one apart from people at this club will expect us to get a result in.

“We will do our utmost to put on another good performance like we did against Harrow and see what happens.”

Chapman was delighted with the team’s show on Tuesday after what has been a poor run of results. He said: “It’s been a tricky time for us. I don’t like hiding behind things. We had a good little run and then gone through a sticky patch and we just needed to get a result to get us started again and hopefully last night was that result.

“He got a hat-trick and he was really good but it was a team performance. Lee Harding played centre forward, and Aaron, Lucas and Pat Harding played off of him and they were all a real handful. We kept a nice shape behind them and they couldn’t deal with them.

“It was really pleasing but it was only three points and we can’t carried away. We have to go again Saturday.”

Joe Keehan, who is still signed with Shoreham, is back to help out after Dan Pearse left the club after Saturday’s defeat to Lowestoft. Chapman said: "We had a couple of seven-dayers in for Dan so he will be going somehwere else."

Josh James has also left is expected to sign for Haywards Heath Town. Chapman said: “Josh is struggling with the travelling and work and not really enjoying it. There’s no hard feelings. He was really honest with me and we had a real good chat. He still remains signed us and will help us out.”

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