Back to the bread and butter for HSA after FA Vase exit

After the exhilarating experience of their FA Vase run, HSA face the toughest task possible when they return to league action on Saturday.

Manager Ben Cowling and his team face Essex & Suffolk Border League Premier Division leaders Gas Recreation at The New Croft (1pm kick off), looking to become the first side to defeat the league leaders, who have won 13 and drawn one of their 14 matches.

Having lost 4-3 to Sussex County League Division One leaders Peacehaven & Telscombe in the third round of the Vase on Saturday, getting back to the bread and butter of the league will be testing for HSA.

Cowling said: “Saturday is going to be really tough for us because mentally we’ve got to switch back the other way.”

Reflecting on the Vase defeat, he added: “Physically I think they dominated us and I think the pitch suited them to able to do that.

“It also took away some of our ability to pop it about quickly, but fair play to them, they are where they are and I think you could tell by their celebration at the end how relieved they were to get through.”