Getting off the bottom a “Psychological boost”
Manager Adam Hinshelwood was understandably pleased see Burgess Hill Town replace his side in 24th position, but a tinge of frustration was felt at not being able to secure all three points.
His side head into 2018 in good spirits after a 0-0 draw with Lowestoft lifted the club off the bottom of the Bostik League Premier Division table for the first time since August.
Hinshelwood said, ‘It’s a great psychological boost to go into the New Year not as the club at the very bottom, it’s nice to see, however I do feel we should be two points better off. Based on the chances we had, I was disappointed not to win. We got into good areas quite frequently but we didn’t test their keeper as much as I would have liked. We have two good one-on-one situations that we could have done better with.’
‘We limited them to very few chances although they did get the ball in the net. They were very organised as expected and there wasn’t a lot of space across the midfield, but we worked it well to get the ball wide to allow us to play. We did try to go for the win, bringing on Jimmy (Wild) and Ben (Pope), both getting chances but just not falling our way.’
‘We’ve now kept two clean sheets in a row, first time we’ve managed that in the league this year and it’s important we build on that going into Monday’s game at Merstham.’
Hinshelwood also had some words for the club’s fantastic support so far this season with a superb 706 in attendance for Saturday’s game, ‘We’ve had incredible support given to us home and away, they have to take a lot of credit for sticking with us and we aim to repay them in the New Year. Given all the issues at the beginning of the season with games away and at Bognor, some clubs support would have folded and taken months if not years to return, myself and the players are appreciative of this and we hope to give them more to cheer as the season unfolds.’