Ian Chapman had a few words for Hillians supporters last night after training.
Ian said, “It’s not all doom and gloom, despite our 3-0 defeat to Hitchin Town in the FA Trophy last Saturday.” He continued “we can now concentrate on the league and two cups – the Sussex Senior Cup and the Alan Turvey Trophy. It’s a weird feeling, at the moment. We equalled our best-ever run in the FA Cup – again, and one round behind the best we have done in the FA Trophy! We’ve lost two games to two decent teams. Dover were excellent – I’ve just heard they beat Sutton United 6-0 away tonight! And I felt Hitchin were a real decent side. They are near the top of their league and you could see why. We’ve put a nice few quid in the bank to help the running of the club. And now we can start getting back to the league and try to get some points. We haven’t played a lot of games, we’ve dropped down the table, which happens!”
On Saturday we play Grays Athletic and Ian said, “It’s not a do or die game but we want to get a win in front of our own supporters. We have lost the last two away games in the league, but if we work in blocks of five games, we have taken six points from those 5 games. If we do that for the rest of the season, we would be mid table. We have got to understand where we are, and what we are doing. We trained tonight, and will again Thursday. We worked on things that we need to do better as a team, and we go from there. We can’t be too down. Obviously, we are disappointed we’re out of the cups, BUT as I said we are back to the serious business of getting points in the league.”
Ian also gave a quick update on the squad. “Sam Fisk is expected to be out until the mid-December while Leon Redwood, Will Miles and Tadley Bromage are suspended for Saturday. Two new players trained tonight with the squad and we can have a look at them again on Thursday.”
You can read a full interview and more in tomorrow’s Mid Sussex Times written by Mark Dunford.