‘Let’s write another bit of history’ says Burgess Hill skipper Budd
Burgess Hill Town FC captain, Darren Budd has urged his team-mates to “write another bit of history” on Saturday.
Hill host Conference Premier side Dartford at The Green Elephants Stadium (3pm) in the FA Trophy Second round and the midfielder said: “Games like this are great for the club and its fans.
“We have a great squad ethic here this year and it shows in the results which we have picked up so far this season.”
He added “The lads will be brimming with confidence after the victory against Aldershot in the last round and hopefully we can write another bit of history in record books for Burgess Hill Town FC.”
It will be the second time this season that the two clubs have met after the Darts knocked the Hillians out of the FA Cup in the Fourth Qualifying Round at Princes Park 3-1, a match that saw the Hillians play with 10 men for an hour.
Manager Ian Chapman said on the tie: “On Saturday we get a break from our main priority the league to entertain Dartford.
“It’s obviously a very difficult game with them already knocking us out of the FA Cup.
“On that day we went down to 10 men after half an hour but it didn’t have any bearing on the result because we were already 2-1 down with the sending off resulting in them having a penalty.
“I felt in the first game we froze a little and just when we started to play a bit, we shot ourselves in the foot by gifting them the third goal.”
He continued: “So far this season it’s been great seeing loads of new and old faces at our home and away matches and hopefully Saturday we will have our biggest crowd of the season cheering the boys on.
“We know Dartford will be big favourites but if we perform like we have for the majority of the season so far we will definitely have a puncher’s chance.”
This will be Hillians’ seventh game in the competition and the run has seen the club knock out three sides from higher divisions in Chesham United, Leatherhead and Aldershot as well as beating Aveley and Folkestone after a replay and it’s the furthest the club has gone in the FA Trophy.
The visitors, from three leagues above Hill, only came into this competition in the last round and defeated Solihull Moors 2-0.
Tickets for the match can be bought in advance from GR Teamwear in Church Road, Burgess Hill to avoid congestion on the day although tickets will still be available on the day as normal.