Hailsham Town boss Kenny McCreadie admits he has been quite harsh on his players this season despite achieving promotion to County League division one at the first attempt.
Hailsham bounced back at the first time of asking after they were relegated from the Sussex top-flight due to ground requirements.
Feverish work off the pitch has ensured the Beaconsfield is now up to scratch for division one football and McCreadie and his players have kept their side of the bargain with a second placed finish from their division two campaign.
Ahead of Saturday’s match against third-placed Dorking, the Hailsham manger said, “To be honest I have been quite harsh on the players this season. We are a division one squad, so our standards have been quite high but we are pleased to be back in division one. The players have done what was required and you can’t ask for more than that.”
Hailsham suffered only four defeats this season and kept 14 clean sheets. A strong East Preston side, who inflicted a couple of heavy defeats on McCreadie’s men, ran away with title. East Preston finished the season on 90 points, 15 ahead of the Stringers thanks largely to an incredible 37 goal haul from their striker George Gaskin coupled with 25 goals from former Brighton player Charlie Oatway.
Hailsham are six points clear of Dorking and will hope returning 21-goal striker Shane Saunders, who has been missing with ligament damage, can help them finish in style. Fellow striker Danny Leach is expected to play and three goals for the former Boro’ striker would see him match Gaskin’s goal tally and become the division’s joint leading scorer
“Dorking are a good side but I will be looking for us to keep a clean sheet and score some goals,” Added McCreadie.
Stuart Lewis is expected to return from injury for the final match of the season.
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