The secret of Burgess Hill’s success: Part 2

Burgess Hill v Whitstable. Burgess Hill are Ryman Isthmian Football League South Division Champions 14/15. Pic Steve Robards
Burgess Hill v Whitstable. Burgess Hill are Ryman Isthmian Football League South Division Champions 14/15. Pic Steve Robards

We asked Burgess Hill Town players and staff five questions about their incredible season. Here is part 2 with Lee Harding, Joe Keehan, Will Miles, Josh James and Calum Saunders.

Lee Harding (Forward)

Lee Harding, Burgess Hill Town

Lee Harding, Burgess Hill Town

What has been the secret to this incredible season?

Mixture of youth and experience and we have a fantastic team spirit – we never know when we are beaten.

How important has Ian Chapman’s management been?

Has been very important as he gets the best out of his players. Also gives great confidence.

Joe Keehan, Burgess Hill Town

Joe Keehan, Burgess Hill Town

Can you name one particular highlight from the season?

Beating Sutton United 3-1 away in the FA Cup

Did you know from the start of the season this was a special bunch of players and that it was going to be such an incredible season?

Yes because we all knew each other very well so we have good team chemistry and we know our games very well and how we play

Will Miles, Burgess Hill Town

Will Miles, Burgess Hill Town

Which player has stood out for you?

Hard to pick one player because we have all been brilliant but if I had to pick one then it would be Andy Pearson.

Joe Keehan (Midfielder / Vice Captain)

What has been the secret to this incredible season?

Josh James, Burgess Hill Town

Josh James, Burgess Hill Town

We gel well together as a team and work for each other

How important has Ian Chapman’s management been?

He has been outstanding. Tucky has been next to him who has been a great help.

Can you name one particular highlight from the season?

Sutton United for me. We played well and won 3-1 against a side two leagues above.

Did you know from the start of the season this was a special bunch of players and that it was going to be such an incredible season?

Calum Saunders, Burgess Hill Town

Calum Saunders, Burgess Hill Town

I knew most of the lads anyway so we knew each other’s games – eg. Good on the ball very quick

Which player has stood out for you?

Josh James has had a great season.

Will Miles (Defender)

What has been the secret to this incredible season?

Team spirit and mix of good age group and characters.

How important has Ian Chapman’s management been?

Very important. Kept players happy all season and has had faith in each individual.

Can you name one particular highlight from the season?

Aldershot in the FA Trophy.

Did you know from the start of the season this was a special bunch of players and that it was going to be such an incredible season?

Nope – only a few new additions from last season so didn’t think it would be as big an improvement

Which player has stood out for you?

Andy Pearson

Josh James (Goalkeeper)

What has been the secret to this incredible season?

Unity of the Players

How important has Ian Chapman’s management been?

So important because of his experience in the game.

Can you name one particular highlight from the season?

Sutton United away as it was our first big cup upset

Did you know from the start of the season this was a special bunch of players and that it was going to be such an incredible season?

I knew a few of the boys from playing with at recent Clubs and knew we would be a tight unit but you can’t expect to have a season like we’ve had – it’s been incredible.

Which player has stood out for you?

Andy Pearson is just fantastic!

Calum Saunders (Forward)

What has been the secret to this incredible season?

Team Spirit

How important has Ian Chapman’s management been?

Crucial – his door’s always open to have a chat and players trust him

Can you name one particular highlight from the season?

Carshalton away – Officially winning the League!

Did you know from the start of the season this was a special bunch of players and that it was going to be such an incredible season?

Yes

Which player has stood out for you?

Josh James – kept us in games, made some vital saves even when he hasn’t had a lot to do during the game.