Crawley HC manager Keith Frimley has tipped his side to give last season’s HA Trophy finalists Guernsey a tough match when the two teams meet on Sunday in the NOW Pensions Men’s HA Trophy.
“Clearly we are the underdogs, says Frimley. Guernsey have reached the final the last four seasons and they have the luxury of the home tie.
We are flying out to Guernsey on the red-eye to fulfill the fixture, rather than insisting they come to the mainland and because of this we have a number of the squad that cannot make the game.
“I’ve had to adjust a few positions because of this, but I think Guernsey should not underestimate us.
“We got to the final of the HA Vase last year, so the competition this season is a step up a gear.
“Of course I would be more confident if we were at home and had the partisan support that we had in our cup run last year.
So it’s a real weekend of being underdogs, something we didn’t experience last season when we were expected to win the league.”
“I’m certainly not looking forward to the 5:30am wakeup call on Sunday morning but once we are on the flight we’ll be focused and looking forward to ensuring we do our travelling support proud.
“We’ve also got an incredibly tough league game away to Tunbridge Wells on Saturday.
“Tunbridge Wells were relegated from the Southern Prem 2 League last season and we were promoted, so everyone is expecting that Tunbridge with home advantage will take 3 points.
“So it’s a real weekend of being underdogs, something we didn’t experience last season when we were expected to win the league.
“We have however had two fantastic opening league fixtures with an away win at Canterbury and surprising the form book with an amazing 5-3 win against last season’s third placed side Burnt Ash.
“The Burnt Ash game was a good benchmark for us and probably surprised a lot of teams. We are the only side in the league from Sussex this season and need to do our county proud.
“I really could not have asked more from the squad in the two games and this weekend will really show the character of the team.
“So do I expect a lot? – of course I do! Bringing in additional assistance to our training schedule last Wednesday also stepped up our focus.
2We’re looking forward to a tough challenge this weekend, and hopefully we’ll be celebrating on the flight home on Sunday evening.”
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