Hitchin Town: Boss Burke’s managerial notes
PUBLISHED: 09:03 23 September 2017 | UPDATED: 09:03 23 September 2017
Read the thoughts of Hitchin Town manager Mark Burke ahead of Saturday’s match at home to Basingstoke, kick off 3.00pm and Monday evening’s game against St Ives starting at 7.45pm at Top Field.
I was very happy with this victory and we now have a cup final to look forward to. In the first half we played very well and while we may have been fortunate with the goal we have suffered plenty of bad luck this season.
The second half started well but the three substitutions Stortford made caused us problems as they went to three up front. They got the equaliser and put us under pressure but credit to the players who dug in and defended really well and this was a very positive response. We then got back in the game and scored the winner. I hope we can use this as a platform to build on.
I was impressed by the number of supporters who travelled and I am so grateful for the continued support after a difficult start to the season.
This will not be an easy game as Basingstoke are an energetic and youthful side and we will need to be on our game. Manager Terry Brown has vast experience and his team will be well drilled and they will play good football. It is important we build on the Bishops Stortford performance and start climbing the league table.
St Ives have a potent attacking force and it is very important we do not concede an early goal. Monday nights have been very profitable over the past couple of seasons and we need to regain that winning habit. Hopefully we will have gained further confidence from the Basingstoke game to carry in to Monday.
With thanks to Roy Izzard