Hillians management ‘delighted’ with relegation reprieve

Burgess Hill Town FC Manager Ian Chapman 27-02-16. Pic Steve Robards  SR1606776
Burgess Hill Town FC Manager Ian Chapman 27-02-16. Pic Steve Robards SR1606776

Burgess Hill Town’s management have said they are delighted to have received a reprieve from relegation and promised improvements next season.

The Hillians finished in Ryman Premier League relegation zone but Farnborough, who finished above them, were as expected given a mandatory relegation after financial irregularities.

The FA announced the club allocations for Steps 1 to 4 of the National League System for season 2016-17 on Thursday’s following a meeting of the Leagues Committee.

Hillians manager Ian Chapman said: “I’m pleased that it has been confirmed that next season we will be a Ryman Premier team.

“It’s been very difficult – that even when we played Farnborough FC early in the season it wasn’t official but there were rumours they were going down no matter what .

“So we have known for a long time we had to to end up above three other teams to stay in the league. Even though I’m delighted we have achieved that, it still hurts that we were so poor for the last 3 months of the season.

“We must make sure it doesn’t happen again ! With that in mind, I know we must strengthen the squad this summer. There will be five or six going out and hopefully a similar number coming in.

“Finally, a massive thank you to all our supporters. I know it’s been a frustrating end to the season, but we must put it behind us and start again.

“Over the coming weeks we will announce new signings and pre season friendlies. I know I personally have learnt loads this season and I’m sure my players have too. Enjoy the break and we look forward to seeing you all in the future .”

Chairman Kevin Newell added: “We are are delighted that the FA have confirmed that there will be Ryman Premier League football at the Green Elephant Stadium next season.

“This year has been a steep learning curve for us, both on and off the field, but we will come back stronger next season.”

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