Hitchin Town boss Mark Burke hails players and fans after gutsy win

PUBLISHED: 17:31 18 September 2017

Mark Burke and Darren Sarll shake hands after their pre-season draw. Picture: Danny Loo

Mark Burke and Darren Sarll shake hands after their pre-season draw. Picture: Danny Loo

Danny Loo Photography 2017

Hitchin Town boss Mark Burke has hailed the character shown by his players after they beat Bishop’s Stortford 2-1 on Saturday to reach the final of the Herts Charity Cup final.

Hitchin Town boss Mark Burke (pic Danny Loo) Hitchin Town boss Mark Burke (pic Danny Loo)

The Canaries can now look forward to the chance of silverware against either Hemel Hempstead or Royston as the opponents after goals from Lucas Kirkparick and Jonny McNamara saw them home.

After a sticky start to the season the well-respected manager said: “The players really dug in and this has been lacking in recent performances.

“I hope we can use this as a platform to move forward. Even though we have had a tough time it was great to see so many supporters backing the team.”

After three successive defeats Burke said he needed a good result more than a performance ahead of the match – but after a hard-fought triumph they arguably achieved both as they displayed the determination and fight that was a feature of last season.

Boss Burke was also keen to give credit to supporters.

“I have said how it was important we all stick together and I would like to thank our loyal followers for doing just that.”

Hitchin’s next game sees Evo-Stike Southern League Premier action back at Top Field on Saturday when they take on Basingstoke.

With thanks to Roy Izzard.

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