Work to be done to make progress
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