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Burgess: I knew we'd stun Yeltz
1:00pm Thursday 30th August 2012 in Football
ANDY Burgess says he was always confident Dudley Town could shock Halesowen Town in the FA Cup.
The Robins led the celebrations on an excellent weekend for the borough’s clubs as they stunned the Yeltz 2-1 away from home.
There were also superb wins for Gornal Athletic and Tividale, with all three teams advancing to the first qualifying round.
But the big headlines were at the Grove where Burgess’ side fully deserved their win over Yeltz, in the first competitive meeting between the clubs in 16 years.
Afterwards, he admitting being confident his side could exploit the weaknesses identified in their opponents, who are ranked two divisions higher in the non-league pyramid.
Burgess said: “We told the players they would need to play at 120 per cent but we’d had them watched and to be honest I wasn’t too scared.
“We knew there would be opportunities for us to exploit their defence. We knew they played narrow with three up front and I thought we would be able to get at their full-backs, which we did.
“Every single player was given a job to do and they did it. In many ways it was the complete team performance.
“I think one or two of their players were expecting to come and walk over us but we made sure it wasn’t the case.”
Grant Joshua had put Dudley in front thanks to a first-half penalty and though Brendan Kelly brought the hosts level in the second-half, Rion Francis-Mills grabbed the winner with 11 minutes to go.
Burgess added: “I thought we were the better team and the pleasing thing was we didn’t just nick the game.
“I think that’s why they were so angry at the end, I don’t think they could work out how they were out-performed by a team two divisions below.”
The Robins now face either Nuneaton Griff or Sporting Khalsa in the next round but have another chance to cause an upset this weekend, when they host Causeway United in the FA Vase first qualifying round.
Gornal meanwhile enjoyed a thumping 6-0 win over Coventry Sphinx to book a first qualifying round tie at Sutton Coldfield Town with Ravi Sangha scoring a hat-trick. Ian Rowe ’s men start their Vase campaign with a trip to Atherstone Town this weekend.
Kyle Brady scored three as Tividale beat Heath Hayes 4-3 in the cup. They travel to Wolverhampton Casuals in the next round.
Dudley Sports head to Bloxwich United in the Vase this Saturday.