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Birchy's pre-match thoughts

See what manager Lee Bircham had to say about the upcoming fixture against Havant & Waterlooville.

The Tudors head into this one off the back of a 3-1 defeat at home to Dorking Wanderers but everyone is prepared for what should be a fascinating encounter against Havant.

Certainly, Lee is looking forward to it:

"Hello and good evening to Paul, his players, and staff, in particular, Simon Walton who is a good friend of mine (except for tonight obviously).

"After the break, the games are coming thick and fast and tonight is another very tough test against one of the pre-season title favourites.

"This is a test we are really looking forward to. We managed to win at Havant in December and we are fully prepared for Paul and his team looking for revenge, but we have come out on top once before and will be hoping to do that again tonight.

"We come into this one off the back of a disappointing result against Dorking. There are fine lines in football and we switched off twice in the first half and found ourselves 2-0 down, but we had plenty of chances to reduce that deficit.

"A silly penalty for 3-0 made life even more difficult against a very good side, but it was good to see JJ score again and Reggie Young was back to his best.

"The performance was not bad at all, but again for us, the crucial difference was the attention to detail in both boxes.

"Prior for Dorking is top class at this level and I can see why.

"In truth, it was just lovely to be playing football again. At times we forget how privileged we are to be doing so.

"I look at my little boy's face at times and he's desperate to play. This is no doubt the same up and down the country, so, to me, it really hits home how lucky we are.

"If anyone gets a chance to listen to the excellent interview the chairman gave on BBC Three Counties on Sunday, then that would be highly recommended as that really explains the club's feelings at this moment in time.

"Really looking forward to tonight.

"Come on you Tudors."



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