Rattle remains positive despite Hillians first league loss

Pat Harding in action for Burgess Hill
Pat Harding in action for Burgess Hill

BURGESS Hill Town Football Club coach John Rattle believes his side should be proud, after suffering their first defeat in the Ryman League South Division this season.

Hillians had not tasted defeat in 36 league matches before their 1-0 loss at home to play-off chasing Whyteleafe last night.

The visitors snatched all three points when Jamie Thompson netted in the 57th minute at the Green Elephant Stadium.

But Rattle feels his side should take pride from going on such a fantastic run.

“All of the players deserve huge credit for going so many matches without losing.

“To get to this stage of the campaign and suffer our first defeat is remarkable.The aim has always been for us to book a play-off spot. We have got ourselves in a great position and we just have to kick on and not let this defeat affect us.”

Burgess Hill host Chipstead on Saturday and Rattle knows the importance of a positive response from the Hillians.

He added: “It’s vitally important that we do not let this defeat affect us and get back to winning ways.

”We just did not play well enough last night and got punished against a good side.

“It’s a case of making sure we do what we have done all season and take it game by game.”