Work to be done to make progress

FOOT­BALL

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT -

NORTH­WOOD boss Mark Burgess can­not wait for his first taste of FA Cup foot­ball this sea­son, writes Corey Ea­ton-McKnight.

The Woods en­ter­tain Kings Lan­g­ley in the pre­lim­i­nary round of the com­pe­ti­tion on Satur­day.

The Spar­tan South Mid­lands Pre­mier Di­vi­sion side fought back from 2-0 down to up­set Bed­ford, who like North­wood play in the South­ern League, and clear the first hur­dle on the road to Wem­b­ley.

Burgess’ side have made a slow start to the new sea­son, los­ing 3-2 to derby ri­vals Uxbridge be­fore bounc­ing back with a 1-0 win against Pot­ters Bar on bank hol­i­day Mon­day. Ge­orges Ehui scored the win­ner.

He knows his play­ers must im­prove as the campaign pro­gresses, par­tic­u­larly if they are to net the £1,925 prize pot this week­end.

“The FA Cup is for any­one to win and each game is a big game in this com­pe­ti­tion,” Burgess told the Gazette.

“The next games can’t come quickly enough for us and on Satur­day we didn’t play well enough [3-2 de­feat to Uxbridge].

“It’s a bit of a cliché but I as a man­ager, take ev­ery game as it comes.

“Each and ev­ery player had felt they un­der­per­formed on Satur­day and are adamant they want to put things right as quickly as pos­si­ble.”

North­wood’s FA Cup op­po­nents, Kings Lan­g­ley, were held to a 1-1 draw by 10-man Hare­field United at Pre­ston Park on Satur­day. Michael Chen­nells banged in a penalty to sal­vage a point, af­ter Ryan Kin­nane had seen red.

The Hares were due back in ac­tion yes­ter­day (Tues­day), at home to Hadley. They meet fel­low Pre­mier Di­vi­sion out­fit Lev­er­stock Green in the FA Cup on Satur­day.

Hilling­don Bor­ough suf­fered a hefty 4-0 de­feat at the hands of Col­ney Heath last week.

Boro were due to take on Oxhey Jets yes­ter­day even­ing.

■ STEADY: North­wood’s Mark Burgess says he will take ev­ery game as it comes File pic­ture

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