Heybridge Swifts assistant boss Smith believes FA Cup game is the perfect chance to respond to defeat (From Maldon and Burnham Standard)
Get involved: send your pictures, video, news and views by texting MBS to 80360 or you can e-mail us Click here for details »
Heybridge Swifts assistant boss Smith believes FA Cup game is the perfect chance to respond to defeat
3:29pm Thursday 26th September 2013 in Sport
HEYBRIDGE Swifts’ vital FA Cup clash with Essex rivals Harlow Town this weekend represents the perfect chance for them to respond to losing their unbeaten record.
That is the view of Swifts assistant manager Steve Smith, who has insisted the Scraley Road side must not dwell on their first defeat of the season.
Swifts’ 11-match unbeaten run was ended when they were surprisingly beaten 3-2 by Barkingside in Ryman League division one north, on Monday night.
Mark Hawkes’ side must now switch their attention to their FA Cup second qualifying round at Harlow, with a reward of £4,500 up for grabs for the winners.
Swifts coach Smith said: “There’s no time to dwell on the Barkingside defeat – that game is gone now and we won’t be down in the dumps.
“We now have to pick ourselves up, take what happened on the chin and move on.
“The FA Cup game at Harlow Town on Saturday will be one of the biggest of our season.
“The players shouldn’t need any greater motivation than that to dust themselves down and go again.
“We’ve had a great start to the season and the incentive now is to go on another long unbeaten run.
“I’ve got no doubt that the boys who go out there for us at Harlow on Saturday will give it everything they’ve got."
Swifts will have to contend with a 3G pitch at Harlow, this Saturday.
The Hawks started using their controversial surface at the start of the season and boss Hawkes has expressed his concerns about the artificial pitch.
But Smith said: “We can’t think about that – we’ll be training on our 3G pitch and it won’t be used as an excuse.
“Harlow are at home and they’ll have that advantage."
Heybridge are sweating on the fitness of several players, ahead of this weekend’s trip to Harlow.
Comments are closed on this article.