FA CUP: Canaries captain fantastic Dan Webb: ‘We’re the comeback kings’ as he hails loyal Hitchin Town supporters
PUBLISHED: 01:59 25 October 2018 | UPDATED: 02:58 25 October 2018
Hitchin Town captain Dan Webb spoke to CometSport moments after his side beat Leatherhead 2-1 aet on a never-to-be-forgotten night at Fetcham Grove as the Canaries made it into the first round of the FA Cup for the first time in 23 years to cap a memorable week for the club and the town.
Mark Burke’s battling braves reached the Promised Land after another performance full of character and fight, coming from a goal down to beat the home side in a replay after extra time.
Jerry Nnamani swept Leatherhead into a first half lead before keeper Michael Johnson saved a penalty Travis Gregory penalty moments before half-time – which proved to be a pivotal moment.
Supersub Webb who came on for Matt Spring headed a leveller moments after stepping onto the pitch in the 71st minute - before Jack Green’s 100th minute goal put the visitors ahead for the first time in this utterly absorbing tie to clinch the side.
Webb speaking to CometSport while surrounded by joyous Hitchin fans immediately after the final whistle hailed his team as the comeback kings after their refusal to buckle on this never-to-be-forgotten evening in Surrey.
The club’s Captain Fantastic said: “It was amazing. I’m absolutely buzzing. You can hear our fans are delighted too.
“There was an amazing turnout from our fans. It’s a long way to come midweek round the M25 and there must have been a couple of hundred. They were brilliant and supported us throughout, like they always do.
“We greatly appreciate their backing. It definitely made a difference. We’re the comeback kings. We don’t like to make things easy for ourselves.
“We showed incredible character to get back into the game as we did on Saturday and against Didcot.”
The incredulity prompted by the BBC filming the FA Cup first round draw at little old Top Field on Monday evening had barely subsided as Canaries boss Mark Burke took his battling boys to Fetcham Grove to renew battle with the Tanners.
The national broadcaster opted for evocative Top Field as the stage for their live broadcast which went out to a record 1.6 million viewers across the country earlier in the week after the sides drew 1-1 in North Herts in the fourth qualifying round on Saturday.
Reflecting on the surreal last few days proud leader Webb added: “It’s been an incredible week with the BBC coning down to film. Maybe there was a little bit more pressure on the boys to win the tie – but we rose to the occasion.
“If we hadn’t won against Leatherhead hosting the draw would have meant nothing – but luckily we did win it – and now we can look forward to the first round.”
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