Burke hopes Arsenal game will inspire players to victory over Biggleswade

PUBLISHED: 14:01 11 November 2016 | UPDATED: 14:01 11 November 2016

Callum Donnelly holds up the ball against Arsenal. Photo: Peter Else

Callum Donnelly holds up the ball against Arsenal. Photo: Peter Else


Mark Burke hopes his players will use their dramatic, late equaliser against Arsenal as a fillip ahead of tomorrow's FA Trophy tie at Biggleswade Town.

Callum Riley’s 88th minute equaliser in Thursday’s celebration friendly to mark the switch on of the new floodlights at Top Field sent fans home happy and has lifted the players, says Burke.

Hitchin used 22 players against an Arsenal XI and Burke was pleased to give his whole squad some minutes on the pitch.

The Canaries, who are unbeaten in eight matches in all competitions, now make the short trip up the A1(M) hoping for further success this weekend.

“I think psychologically it’s only a friendly and a celebration but if we’d lost 1-0 it would still have been a defeat and we’d be taking that into the Trophy game on Saturday,” Burke told the Comet.

“It’d be at the back of our minds. Whereas we’ve got a goal in the last minute and we’ve kept that run going and we can use it as a positive going into Saturday’s game.”

Burke continued: “I thought we played some good stuff and I think a 1-1 draw was a fair result.

“I thought it was an enjoyable evening and it was good to have more than 1,000 people here to celebrate the turning on of the floodlights.

“The [fans] have come here because it’s Arsenal and they’ve had a look at Arsenal, but hopefully they’ll think that it wasn’t a bad game and they’ll want to have a little look at Hitchin again in the future.

“You get people from Hitchin who support a Premier League club of one type or another, but they don’t always go to those clubs. So why not make us your non-league team and watch us regularly. It’s free for U16s so come down and watch us and keep an eye on your other team on your [phone] or radio.”

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