FA CUP PREVIEW: Canaries fans can be our 12th man says Hitchin Town boss Mark Burke

PUBLISHED: 11:29 11 November 2018 | UPDATED: 11:29 11 November 2018

Build up to Hitchin Town Vs Solihull Moors in the FA Cup 1st round at Top Field. Picture: MARTYN HAWORTH

Build up to Hitchin Town Vs Solihull Moors in the FA Cup 1st round at Top Field. Picture: MARTYN HAWORTH

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"Our crowd can be the 12th man" said Hitchin Town boss Mark Burke as he issued a passionate rallying cry ahead of their eagerly-awaited FA Cup tie against Solihull Moors at sold-out Top Field on Sunday.

The Canaries have made national headlines during their stirring run to the first round of the world’s oldest knock-out tournament for the first time in 23 years.

The BBC filmed the draw for this round from Top Field which was beamed to more than 130 countries around the globe – with the national broadcaster notching record viewing figures for an event at that stage of more than 1.6 million people.

Dignified boss Burkey – as he is known at all at Fishponds Road – is looking forward to the tie and has urged fans to get behind his team, as they have throughout the campaign.

Speaking to CometSport this week the popular Burke said: “Make no mistake it’s going to be a very tough match. We have the utmost respect for Solihull and are under no illusions that it will be a challenging game. They’re fifth in the National League and are a very good team.

“But it’s the FA Cup. Anything can happen. And we’ll be doing our best to ensure we give them a game on Sunday. We’ll be the underdogs. But as I always say ‘I love being the underdogs’.

“We were the undersdogs at Leatherhead and Didcot and we battled and came through – who knows what might happen at the weekend?”

Hitchin may have lost 2-0 to Tamworth at the weekend but the defeat was soon forgotten by many Canaries fans as thoughts turned to Sunday.

Burke added: “We’re happy to have the BBC back again, but I really think our fans can be the 12th man and hopefully guide us to a memorable performance.

“I’d just like to say a big thank you to everyone in the town who has backed us all the way. I believe there may be a sell-out crowd of 3,500 and Top Field will be absolutely rocking.

“I can’t wait for the game and I’m sure nor can anyone else – it promises to be another memorable chapter in the history of this wonderful club.”

*See CometSport online and follow @laythy29 on Twitter for extensive coverage of the tie.

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