Hitchin Town manager Mark Burke turned 50 yesterday – and he has a perfect present in mind.
He wants three points from their trip to Dorchester as the Southern Premier League team go in search of momentum heading into the playoffs.
He said the players have some making up to do after losing to lower league Cheshunt in the County Cup final on Tuesday.
“I was really disappointed with our first half display and we just did not get going,” he said. “There was plenty of passing but it lacked any conviction and while I felt their goal was offside we could not complain at being behind.
“At half time I reminded the players this was a cup final and far more urgency was needed. There was a big improvement in the second half and we dominated the game but we missed a number of chances and after a while I got the feeling it was just not going to be our night. If anything the sending off seemed to galvanise Cheshunt and they really dug in.
“We will not dwell on this setback and are determined to get back on track starting at Dorchester on Saturday.”
Burke told the club’s website they owe tomorrow’s opponents one.
“After Dorchester recently ended our unbeaten home record we will be out for revenge,” he said. “We do not want any team to do the double over us and only Dorchester and Chippenham can achieve this. We want to finish as high in the table as possible and the remaining five league games are going to be like cup finals.
“We are really determined to end the season positively.”