Burgess Hill Town in for 'tough game' as they gear up for Sussex derby against Whitehawk

Burgess Hill Town celebrate a goal in their 3-2 win over Carshalton Athletic on Saturday. Picture by Chris Neal.
Burgess Hill Town celebrate a goal in their 3-2 win over Carshalton Athletic on Saturday. Picture by Chris Neal.

Burgess Hill Town will be in for a difficult encounter on Saturday according to boss Simon Wormull as they make the trip to Whitehawk in the Bostik Premier Division.

The Hawks are bottom of the table after taking just 13 points from 19 games, but they have drawn their past two home games in the league.

The two sides met earlier in the season, with Whitehawk picking up one of their two league wins at the Green Elephants Stadium.

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Brannon O’Neill gave the Hawks the lead before Andre McCollin and Ben Pope put the Hillians ahead.

Lucas Rodrigues levelled before the half-time break and second half goals from James Fraser and Henry Muggeridge sealed a 4-2 victory for Whitehawk.

Wormull was in the stands that day as he watched the Hillians succumb to defeat against their Sussex rivals, and the Burgess Hill manager feels that if his side show the same application that they did in Saturday’s 3-2 win over Carshalton Athletic, they will be in with a chance.

He said: “You want to win a Sussex derby. I was actually at the game at home watching before I joined Chappers (former Burgess Hill Town manager Ian Chapman) as a coach.

“I watched the Whitehawk defeat and we were poor that day. There were a lot of defensive mistakes.

“To be honest, it’s tough because despite them not having a great run they’ve picked up some draws at home so they’re obviously strong, and solid at home.

“It’s going to be a tough game for us but if we apply ourselves right and put into practice what we’re doing in training this week then hopefully we can come out with a result.”

Wormull will have the luxury of a full compliment of players for their Sussex derby at The Enclosed Ground on Saturday. With none of his squad either injured or suspended, Wormull is looking to pick a team that can ‘do the business’.

The Burgess Hill Town boss added: “Our 'keeper Josh James will be back. He’s been away but will be available for selection on Saturday.

“I think injury-wise we’ve got a fully fit squad. We’ll see how we go at training during the week and we will pick a team that we think can go out and do the business on Saturday.”