Burgess Hill’s attitude pleases boss Chapman

Burgess Hill Town boss Ian Chapman
Burgess Hill Town boss Ian Chapman

Burgess Hill Town Football Club extended their unbeaten run in the Ryman League South to 31 matches with a 4-3 victory at Merstham on Saturday.

It was the Hillians’ second game in three days after a 2-2 home draw against Walton & Hersham last Thursday.

Burgess Hill’s unbeaten run was tested in both of those matches as they trailed Walton & Hersham 2-0 at half-time before a second-half fightback.

And it was a similar story at Merstham on Saturday as they were 2-1 down at the interval.

But they managed to claw themselves back in a dominant second period.

The Hillians were without six first-team regulars for that contest and boss Ian Chapman praised his squad’s resilience.

He said: “It was a fantastic squad effort with six players out.

“We only had 11 fit outfield players at the club and we had to name our youth team manager Paul Armstrong on the bench.

“Lucas Frazen-Jones who is part of our youth team was a substitute for us, while Graham Martin the only regular first-teamer that we could name on our bench, so to get the win was great.

“I felt it was probably, as a spectacle, the best game of the season with both sides not defending well but going forward looking a threat. Again I can’t praise the players enough for their attitudes and never knowing when they are beaten.

“Also it was great to have Scott Kirkwood and Will Miles back in the starting XI and they were both terrific on Saturday.”

Burgess Hill will be boosted by the return of three first-team players for their home clash against Ramsgate on Saturday.

Stuart Tuck, Dan Perry and Neil Watts will all be available to bolster the Hillians’ starting XI.

Despite such a fine season Chapman is refusing to look too far ahead in the league and his main focus is Ramsgate on Saturday.

He added: “Whilst we know we are in a good position league wise, we are taking it one game at a time.

“We still have 15 games to play and anything can happen.

“The players and the management will be focusing on the next game, which is Ramsgate on Saturday.”

The visit of the Kent Side has been sponsored by Dark Star Brewing Company and they have also agreed to become the club’s official real ale supplier.

It’s a partnership which will also see the see local brewer exclusively supplying the clubhouse with their great portfolio of ales for the remainder of this season and next.

Burgess Hill Town’s Dave Bradbury said: “We are really pleased to be partnering up with Dark Star, widely recognised as one of the best brewers in the country.

“Dark Star will also assist with the club’s annual Beer Festival which is scheduled to be held on May 8-9, by helping source some other great real ales from outside the local area.”

James Cuthbertson, who is a staff member at the Partridge Green based Dark Star, has welcomed the new partnership.

He said: “We were delighted to be asked to supply the football club at a time when the team is doing so well.

“The club is not only successful on the pitch, but have created a clubhouse that adds huge value to the local community.

“We hope that we can now help add to that value by supplying beer brewed locally.”